It stings! “Insects could vanish within a century”

Feb 11, 2019, 6:51 AM EST
(Source: Steve Byrne/flickr)
(Source: Steve Byrne/flickr)

The findings may come as a flea in our ears, but the truth is – the populations of world’s insects are shrinking at a rate that may wipe virtually all of them within a century, potentially leading to a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.”

The first global scientific review states that the rate of extinction of insects outpaces that of mammals, birds and reptiles by eight times, with 40% of insect species declining and a third endangered, notes The Guardian.

Insects are pollinators, recycler of nutrients and food for animals higher up the hierarchy. Their loss not only spells serious trouble for the ecosystem but also for the mankind. The cascading effects of declining insect numbers have already been recorded in Puerto Rico, which has lost 98% of its ground insects over 35 years.

The total mass of insects on the planet is falling by 2.5% a year and alarmingly, the phenomenon is not restricted to particular geography or region but has been tracked globally, reports CEO. Researchers attribute the precipitous decline to intensive agriculture, urbanization and climate change.