With Armageddon creeping in closer and closer, experts are warning us of the possibilities of a total insect wipeout, that would emulate the dinosaurs’ extinction millions of years ago.
According to a Global Scientific Review of research, already 40% of all insects are in a state of decline, while a third of them have already been considered endangered.
Sadly, this isn’t a recent event- experts in Europe had an inkling about this since 2011, and this has just kept on worsening.
The Amateur Entomology Society at Krefeld has been significant in its work which comprises of gathering 80 million trapped insects, and which helps in identifying the problem that seems to be ever encroaching.
Martin Sorg of the same society has mentioned that the traps have been controlled and standardized in the same ration since 1982. Also, they have been placed in 63 identical locations, with the same size, shape, and material used.
In an interview with Phys.org, Sorg states that they have known about this since 2011, but the situation has steadily worsened over the years. Every single year, there is a rapid decline of 2.5% in the insect kingdom, which means that the entire world would be devoid of insects in a century.
And that would be fatal to us, for there are a lot of ecosystems that depend on insects for their maintenance and survival.
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The extinction rates in insects are almost 8 times higher than that of any other animal, be it on land or water. Unfortunately, as the insects die, it would affect birds and lizards and anything that the insects have pollinated on.
Francisco Sanchez-Bayo from the University of Sydney has given us all a dire warning. He states that if this current decline of insects isn’t halted, it would have catastrophic results for ecosystems, and on humankind.
The process is extremely quick. In the first 10 years, a quarter if the insect kingdom perishes, in 50 years, we have half of what we had. And in 100 years, we would have none left. So, unless we change the way we look at how we grow and produce food, the 6th major extinction, would start the fire that would lead to our extinction too.
IMAGE CREDIT: Stefano Carella