Insects and extinction – 2 articles

This article discusses the fact that Insect Populations Are Declining Around the World. How Worried Should We Be? A decline in insect biomass and diversity has experts concerned and calling for more research to understand why. Increasingly, reports are trickling in of unsettling changes in populations of not only butterflies and bees, but of far less charismatic bugs and beetles as well. Most recently, a research team from the U.S. and Mexico reported a startling decline between 1976 and 2013 in the weight of insects and other arthropods collected at select sites in Puerto Rico.

This New Yorker article discusses climate change and the new age of extinction. People easily forget “last of” stories about individual species, but the loss of nature also threatens our existence.

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