Insects could be extinct within a century, scientists say

James Marshall
February 12, 2019

Two-fifths of the world's insect species may disappear over the next few decades, and we could be looking at a world without any insects at all within a century.

"Agricultural intensification" as well as the use of pesticides and herbicides are the main factors driving this decline, according to the expert.

Sanchez-Bayo also cautioned that "if this food source is taken away", it may lead to many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects ultimately starving to death.

Review author Francisco Sanchez-Bayo told The Guardian that if insect species loss can not be halted, it will also have catastrophic consequences for the survival of mankind.

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.

A new study warns that insect populations around the world are falling dramatically.

"It is becoming increasingly obvious our planet's ecology is breaking and there is a need for an intense and global effort to halt and reverse these awful trends - allowing the slow eradication of insect life to continue is not a rational option".

The earth is at the start of a sixth mass extinction, with dramatic losses of larger animals, but more than 40 percent of insect species are declining and a third of them are endangered, reported The Guardian.

"There is not a single cause, but the evidence is clear, to halt this crisis we must urgently reverse habitat fragmentation, prevent and mitigate climate change, clean up polluted waters and replace pesticide dependency with more sustainable, ecologically-sensitive farming", he urged.

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