Insects

Someone somewhere (Twitter?) said insects were declining — specifically, your car windscreen didn’t get splattered with them in summer any more. I realised this was true for me too.

A little light Googling turned up quite a lot of articles on the “Insect Apocalypse”: it seems that insect populations are in decline around the planet.

It’s as yet unclear what the cause is: there’s speculation that it might be a combination of global warming and pesticide use.

What can we do? Buying organic food would be a start — my own shopping is as much organic as I can make it.  Global warming is a bigger issue but I’m going to take steps this year to reduce my contribution to it.

Article here in the NYT (Very long — I just skimmed it):

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?

Source: www.nytimes.com/2018/11/27/magazine/insect-apocalypse.html

 

Piece in The Guardian here:

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

Source: www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/18/warning-of-ecological-armageddon-after-dramatic-plunge-in-insect-numbers