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Antifar
02/11/19 10:54:01 AM
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature

The worlds insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a catastrophic collapse of natures ecosystems, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are essential for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.

Insect population collapses have recently been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico, but the review strongly indicates the crisis is global. The researchers set out their conclusions in unusually forceful terms for a peer-reviewed scientific paper: The [insect] trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet.

Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades, they write. The repercussions this will have for the planets ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.

The analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Urbanisation and climate change are also significant factors.

If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planets ecosystems and for the survival of mankind, said Francisco Snchez-Bayo, at the University of Sydney, Australia, who wrote the review with Kris Wyckhuys at the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing.

The 2.5% rate of annual loss over the last 25-30 years is shocking, Snchez-Bayo told the Guardian: It is very rapid. In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none.

One of the biggest impacts of insect loss is on the many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects. If this food source is taken away, all these animals starve to death, he said. Such cascading effects have already been seen in Puerto Rico, where a recent study revealed a 98% fall in ground insects over 35 years.

The new analysis selected the 73 best studies done to date to assess the insect decline. Butterflies and moths are among the worst hit. For example, the number of widespread butterfly species fell by 58% on farmed land in England between 2000 and 2009. The UK has suffered the biggest recorded insect falls overall, though that is probably a result of being more intensely studied than most places.

Bees have also been seriously affected, with only half of the bumblebee species found in Oklahoma in the US in 1949 being present in 2013. The number of honeybee colonies in the US was 6 million in 1947, but 3.5 million have been lost since.

There are more than 350,000 species of beetle and many are thought to have declined, especially dung beetles. But there are also big gaps in knowledge, with very little known about many flies, ants, aphids, shield bugs and crickets. Experts say there is no reason to think they are faring any better than the studied species.


Is that bad?
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Bananana
02/11/19 10:54:32 AM
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seems bad imo
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LordFarquad1312
02/11/19 10:59:45 AM
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It was fun everybody.
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TheMarthKoopa
02/11/19 11:00:42 AM
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Getting rid of all insects sounds like a great thing. How can I help to accelerate this
Pancake
02/11/19 11:00:57 AM
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BeyondWalls
02/11/19 11:01:06 AM
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Definitely looks like the end. Maybe a hundred thousand years from now a new life form will study this mass extinction like we study previous ones. Maybe theyll claim an asteroid wiped us out too. My theory is that the new intelligent life form will be evolved from fire ants since they seem impossible to kill.
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vocedelmorte
02/11/19 11:03:07 AM
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I know bed bugs will live forever, until humanity extinct
Caution999
02/11/19 11:06:56 AM
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BeyondWalls posted...
Definitely looks like the end. Maybe a hundred thousand years from now a new life form will study this mass extinction like we study previous ones. Maybe theyll claim an asteroid wiped us out too. My theory is that the new intelligent life form will be evolved from fire ants since they seem impossible to kill.


I'm gonna go with bed bugs or roaches.
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King_Hellebuyck
02/11/19 11:07:11 AM
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Being alive during a mass extinction period is weird
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GaryGaryGary
02/11/19 11:09:46 AM
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I'll be dead in 50 years anyway so I couldn't give a shit.
Duncanwii
02/11/19 11:11:09 AM
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BeyondWalls posted...
Definitely looks like the end. Maybe a hundred thousand years from now a new life form will study this mass extinction like we study previous ones. Maybe theyll claim an asteroid wiped us out too. My theory is that the new intelligent life form will be evolved from fire ants since they seem impossible to kill.

Nah, humanity will live even if its Neon Genesis Evangyleon style with only certain cities having life. But humans will never die out altogether.
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Caution999
02/11/19 11:13:28 AM
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our advanced intellect should keep some humans alive in some capacity...somewhere in the universe.

Even after the sun explodes. By that point, we should already have many many colonies on other planets.
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Smashingpmkns
02/11/19 11:14:31 AM
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Insects are icky anyways
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Antifar
02/11/19 11:15:05 AM
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"Alive in some capacity" seems like a very low bar to aim for
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spudger
02/11/19 11:16:44 AM
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as long as corporations keep raking in profits, right?
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Pancake
02/11/19 11:16:53 AM
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"Alive in some capacity" seems like a very low bar to aim for

you mistake the universe for a gentle place.
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Error1355
02/11/19 11:18:54 AM
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we just need to make our own insects, with blackjack and hookers.
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BlooPAPAPAH
02/11/19 11:19:58 AM
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Welp, good thing cows, pigs, and chickens don't need insects. So, HEEEE HAAAAAWWWWWW
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Caution999
02/11/19 11:20:20 AM
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Error1355 posted...
we just need to make our own insects, with blackjack and hookers.


I know this is a joke, but we probably could create our own bees at some point...
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P4wn4g3
02/11/19 11:21:39 AM
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"but there are more mosquitos than ever, this is liberal claptrap" - ted cruz in swampy texas
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P4wn4g3
02/11/19 11:22:58 AM
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Caution999 posted...
our advanced intellect


Caution999 posted...

*pepelaugh.png*
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kingdrake2
02/11/19 11:46:31 AM
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BlooPAPAPAH posted...
Welp, good thing cows, pigs, and chickens don't need insects. So, HEEEE HAAAAAWWWWWW

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apolloooo
02/11/19 11:48:25 AM
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King_Hellebuyck posted...
Being alive during a mass extinction period is weird

It's fun because you get to see all of this go down.

As a kid we always think "well how do you feel being dinosaurs"

Well, wish granted bitches.
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NeoShadowhen
02/11/19 11:51:39 AM
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Pancake posted...
ban spiders


It's the only way.

Look. The asshole spider apologists have always given the same line of bullshit about how if there were no spiders then insects would overpopulate and run wild.

That excuse is gone now.

Either you support the eradication of spiders, or you hate nature and want everything to die.
Jagr_68
02/11/19 11:53:34 AM
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Caution999 posted...
Error1355 posted...
we just need to make our own insects, with blackjack and hookers.


I know this is a joke, but we probably could create our own bees at some point...


"Nanomachine bees, son."

Then of course we'll go back to fucking things up again when they become weaponized.
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kingdrake2
02/11/19 11:53:40 AM
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writing down pancake is a spider apologist happy now?
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PrideOfLion
02/11/19 11:55:10 AM
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Caution999 posted...
I know this is a joke, but we probably could create our own bees at some point...

There was a black mirror episode about this concept
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P4wn4g3
02/11/19 11:55:56 AM
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PrideOfLion posted...
Caution999 posted...
I know this is a joke, but we probably could create our own bees at some point...

There was a black mirror episode about this concept

Michael Crichton did it first.
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Caution999
02/11/19 11:57:13 AM
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PrideOfLion posted...
Caution999 posted...
I know this is a joke, but we probably could create our own bees at some point...

There was a black mirror episode about this concept


OMG yeah I saw that one!!!
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CornBarn
02/11/19 11:58:06 AM
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Find out what plants are native to your area and plant them in your backyard. For example if the area was previously a prairie, do research on what makes a prairie a prairie and plant as many of those plants as you can.

Buy from local farmers.

Spread the word on our need to reduce pesticide usage. Spread the word on the need for more conservation efforts.

There is no way this gets fixed without people putting in an effort and making this more of a hobby than playing videogames or doing other wasteful things.
Vaati_Reborn
02/11/19 11:58:49 AM
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i hope the roaches in my house get the memo and magically disappear with these numbers.

but no really this is horrific. humans are a parasite onto the earth
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fenderbender321
02/11/19 11:59:28 AM
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Too many people on this planet to sustain. Too many babies.
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CornBarn
02/11/19 12:00:53 PM
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Vaati_Reborn posted...
but no really this is horrific. humans are a parasite onto the earth


This type of sentiment needs to vanish. Humans are not a parasite. We simply haven't learned and implemented the best ways to do things yet. It's entirely possible to have sustainable agriculture and we've made progress in this regard. Still more work to do, but this type of "humans are parasites" self-hate is toxic.
Caution999
02/11/19 12:01:42 PM
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CornBarn posted...
Vaati_Reborn posted...
but no really this is horrific. humans are a parasite onto the earth


This type of sentiment needs to vanish. Humans are not a parasite. We simply haven't learned and implemented the best ways to do things yet. It's entirely possible to have sustainable agriculture and we've made progress in this regard. Still more work to do, but this type of "humans are parasites" self-hate is toxic.


This.
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P4wn4g3
02/11/19 12:06:52 PM
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fenderbender321 posted...
Too many people on this planet to sustain. Too many babies.

climate change totally couldn't have anything to do with it
nor could deforestaton
or a slew of other things
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Solar_Crimson
02/11/19 12:30:32 PM
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CornBarn posted...
Vaati_Reborn posted...
but no really this is horrific. humans are a parasite onto the earth


This type of sentiment needs to vanish. Humans are not a parasite. We simply haven't learned and implemented the best ways to do things yet. It's entirely possible to have sustainable agriculture and we've made progress in this regard. Still more work to do, but this type of "humans are parasites" self-hate is toxic.

Yes, the potential is there, but until we collectively realize it, we're parasites killing the planet.

Plus, one could argue that there are just too many humans on the planet. Far more than creatures our size should have.
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Rexdragon125
02/11/19 1:59:11 PM
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Wry-Guy
02/11/19 2:22:09 PM
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World totally not having an irreversible crisis within 12 years
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pres_madagascar
02/11/19 3:20:49 PM
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fenderbender321
02/11/19 4:32:25 PM
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P4wn4g3 posted...
fenderbender321 posted...
Too many people on this planet to sustain. Too many babies.

climate change totally couldn't have anything to do with it
nor could deforestaton
or a slew of other things


But why do we have climate change? Why do humans cut down so many trees and try to mass produce shit in a way that pollutes the air?
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Wry-Guy
02/11/19 4:42:16 PM
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fenderbender321 posted...
P4wn4g3 posted...
fenderbender321 posted...
Too many people on this planet to sustain. Too many babies.

climate change totally couldn't have anything to do with it
nor could deforestaton
or a slew of other things


But why do we have climate change? Why do humans cut down so many trees and try to mass produce shit in a way that pollutes the air?

It's not simply overpopulation, we have the means to shift many of those practices.
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unclekoolaid73
02/11/19 4:57:06 PM
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There are more extinct animals/insects then they are alive animals/insects.
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BlooPAPAPAH
02/11/19 5:00:31 PM
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Vaati_Reborn posted...
but no really this is horrific. humans are a parasite onto the earth


Who are you trying to virtue signal to here?
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sktgamer_13dude
02/11/19 5:01:41 PM
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P4wn4g3 posted...
fenderbender321 posted...
Too many people on this planet to sustain. Too many babies.

climate change totally couldn't have anything to do with it
nor could deforestaton
or a slew of other things

Its like human population counts being incredibly high is a direct cause to those issues.
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Wry-Guy
02/11/19 5:07:50 PM
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sktgamer_13dude posted...
P4wn4g3 posted...
fenderbender321 posted...
Too many people on this planet to sustain. Too many babies.

climate change totally couldn't have anything to do with it
nor could deforestaton
or a slew of other things

Its like human population counts being incredibly high is a direct cause to those issues.

It's like I never argued otherwise
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darkphoenix181
02/11/19 5:11:10 PM
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Curious, we going to colonize mars.

Will we bring insects with us or does that mean we don't actually need them?
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Wry-Guy
02/11/19 5:11:59 PM
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No we definitely need insects.
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RebelElite791
02/11/19 5:13:12 PM
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Go vegan if you actually care
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darkphoenix181
02/11/19 5:13:16 PM
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Wry-Guy posted...
No we definitely need insects.


So the plan to colonize mars is to bring them with man on the ships to pollenate then greenhouses that are built?
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Wry-Guy
02/11/19 5:15:31 PM
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I havent heard of serious plans to colonize Mars so I have no idea what you're talking about
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