According to the latest research over the past 25 years, the number of insects has declined by 75%. Two-thirds of all insects died. Life on our planet is facing a new danger.
Scientists were especially alarmed by the fact that the samples were taken in protected areas, as well as in specially protected areas, which leads to even more disturbing conclusions. Caspar Hullmann of the University of Radboud of the Netherlands said: “All these areas are protected, most of them are reserved. Nevertheless, even in them there was a sharp decrease in the number of insects. ”
Entomologist amateurs collected detailed meteorological measurements, recorded changes in the landscape and plant species in the reserves, but even this could not explain the reasons for the death of insects.
“The weather can explain many seasonal fluctuations and changes, but it does not explain the rapid decline in the number of insect species,”
said Martin Sorg, chairman of the Krefeld Entomological Society in Germany.
Another researcher, Gulson, said that the likely explanation might be that flying insects die in cases when they leave habitual habitat for them.
“In modern agricultural lands, there are no conditions for the existence of any wild creature,” he said. “But what exactly causes their death, is still unclear. This may be the lack of food, and maybe the impact of chemical pesticides or a combination of these two factors. “
In September this year, the UK’s chief scientific adviser warned that government supervisors around the world mistakenly believe that the use of pesticides on an industrial scale is safe, and “the consequences of large-scale spraying of chemicals and pesticides are largely ignored.”
Scientists said the need for more extensive research in other regions with a view to a more detailed study of the problem.
De Kroon said:
“We must reduce the use of chemicals that have a negative impact on nature, such as, for example, pesticides.”
Lynn Dicks of the University of East Anglia, UK, who did not participate in these studies, said that the research data, from her point of view, was convincing. “This study provides new evidence of an extremely alarming reduction in the number of insects, which many entomologists have already guessed for quite some time.”
“If the total biomass of insects really decreases at this rate – about 6% per year, this is an extremely important discovery,” she said.
“Flying insects perform extremely important ecological functions, their numbers are of tremendous importance. They pollinate flowers: for many plants flies, butterflies are just as important as bees. They also serve as food for many animals – birds, bats, some mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians. Wasps, beetles are predators and control the number of pests and cleanse our habitat. ”
“I think that the decrease in the number of insects really takes place,” said the scientist entomologist Gulson.
“I traveled through France this summer – just when you expect the windshield to be completely covered with insects, but I literally never had to stop to clean it.”
We continue to destroy our planet. Our children will live in a devastated and lifeless world. Of course you can bury your head in the sand and pretend that nothing happens, but it will not stop the catastrophe. The death of insects can not but lead to the death of other species, birds, mammals. And sooner or later the line of our kind will come, but we prefer not to think about it, we are too busy with the process of making money, which seems to be much more important for us than the ecology and habitat.