[permaculture] Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects | Environment | The Guardian

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 15:21:18 EST 2020


Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects |
Environment | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/car-splatometer-tests-reveal-huge-decline-number-insects

"Insect population collapses have been reported in Germany
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/18/warning-of-ecological-armageddon-after-dramatic-plunge-in-insect-numbers>
and Puerto Rico
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/insect-collapse-we-are-destroying-our-life-support-systems>,
and the first global scientific review
<https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320718313636>,
published in February 2019, said widespread declines threatened to
cause a “catastrophic
collapse of nature’s ecosystems
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature>”.
Insects pollinate three-quarters of crops and another recent study showed
widespread losses of such insects
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/26/widespread-losses-of-pollinating-insects-revealed-across-britain>
across Britain.

The causes of decline are the destruction of natural habitat, pesticides
and the impacts of the climate crisis. Light pollution has also been cited
as a key “bringer of insect apocalypse”
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/22/light-pollution-insect-apocalypse>
."


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