Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers | Environment | The Guardian
“The fact that the number of flying insects is decreasing at such a high rate in such a large area is an alarming discovery,” said Hans de Kroon, at Radboud University in the Netherlands and who led the new research.
“Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline,” said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.”
The research, published in the journal Plos One, is based on the work of dozens of amateur entomologists across Germany who began using strictly standardised ways of collecting insects in 1989. Special tents called malaise traps were used to capture more than 1,500 samples of all flying insects at 63 different nature reserves.
The war against Nature accelerates and humans disregard or deny the consequences. This war cannot be won. Anything not sustainable is TERMINAL. Humans are part of the web of life.
Ripping up plus destroying the web of life with deadly heavy metal radioactive poisons and chemicals means extinction is the forecast for humans, living at the top of the web of life.