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Scientists: The fate of humanity is linked to that of insects

The fates of humans and insects are interconnected, scientists say, and warn that the huge decline in populations of some insects are just the “tip of the iceberg,” reported in. The Guardian.
Twenty-five experts from around the world issued the warning in two articles published in the magazine. Bailojikal Conservation.

Scientists admit they know little about the planet's more than 5.5 million insect species. But also what is known is enough to understand that immediate action is needed, because irreversible changes can come as we wait for more data.

There are solutions that can be approached immediately, and they are creating larger nature reserves, giving up dangerous pesticides and mowing the lawn. According to experts, invertebrates should not remain outside efforts to conserve species, which are mainly concentrated on mammals and birds, BTA adds.

"The insect destruction crisis is deeply worrying. We know that it is just the tip of the iceberg,” the scientists wrote. “Reducing the number of insects leads to the loss of important, indispensable services for humans. Human activity is the cause of almost all cases of reduction or destruction of insect populations,” they add.

A collapse in insect populations has been reported in Germany, Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the world. The first global scientific review, published in February last year, stated that the reduction of insects on a global scale threatened to cause a “catastrophic collapse of natural ecosystems.”

Insects pollinate three-quarters of cereals.


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