Over 40% of insects are on brink of extinction within next decade and at the current rate the entire global population of insects could be extinct.
According to research, approx 2.5% of the global insect population is wiped out every year. The decline in the insect population is driven by habitat loss due to intensive agriculture. This is made worse by agro-chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate changes.
Prominent environmental scientist Brad Lister who is known for his research in Puerto Rican rainforests, went back there after a span of 35 years to find that 98% of ground insects he had recorded earlier had already vanished.
The researcher also found that 80% of the insects that lived on trees and canopies had also disappeared.
Extinct Insects could start Ecological Armageddon
While we are creeped out by insects and find then gross, insects outweigh the humans by 17 times and form the building blocks of the food chain.
A massive large scale extinction of insects could cause unprecedented damage to nature and become what is known as an Ecological Armageddon.
” We are essentially destroying the very life support systems that allow us to sustain our existence on the planet, along with all the other life on the planet, ” stated Mr Lister.
Sixth mass extinction
Earth is currently experiencing the start of
Studies have shown that species are becoming extinct at a significantly faster rate compared several millions of years of part history.
This really is the last chance. We have to get it right this time.
While the natural rate of extinction is 0.2% every century, the current rate is 20%. This is proven by the fact that almost 500 vertebrates have gone extinct in the last 100 years, typically this rate would be less than 10 in the worst case scenario.
In fact, humanity has wiped out 60% of animal population in last 50 years.
“We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it”, stated Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF to the Guardian.