Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

Apocalypse WARNING: Insect EXTINCTION could have serious threat to HUMAN survival

Apocalypse WARNING: Insect EXTINCTION could have serious threat to HUMAN survival

The world is teetering on the edge of a man-made apocalypse, as insects could die out within a century - leading to a 'catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems. Matt Shardlow, the Chief Executive of Buglife, told BBC Radio 4's World at One about the consequences of an insect extinction. That soil is there because the earthworms, the woodlice and the other invertebrates are all making it happen.

Given insects' importance for sustaining plant and animal life-by pollinating plants and serving as a food source-that's as dire a prediction as they come.

"The moment we start to lose all that invertebrate biodiversity we start to risk the whole food supply of the planet".

As a result of the report, Mr Shardlow said there is "a lot of action" needed to stop the extinction of insects. "The introduction of systemic insecticides has been in a big change in the way we do agriculture these days".

"We have lost so many habitats, fragmented in the countryside, we need to look at how we put those back together".

Many insects that are beneficial to other animals and humans are declining up to eight times faster than other mammals or birds.

The review, which looked at 73 studies conducted around the world, claimed that more than 40 per cent of insect species are now declining, adding that the rate of extinction is about eight times faster than the respective rate for birds, mammals and reptiles.

The warning was issued in a global review of insect declines, in which the authors called for a dramatic rethinking of agricultural practices and better strategies for cleaning polluted waters.

The in-depth research found that one third of insect species are already classed as endangered, with 40 percent in nearly all regions around the world expected to face extinction over the next few decades. This could have a potentially "catastrophic" effect on the planet.

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