Scientists Decry Death By 1,000 Cuts For World’s Insects (NBC News)
Sometimes, science headlines like this seem to catch our attention for an important cause. While insects might annoy us at times, especially those darn gnats in the summer, they are all important to the world’s ecosystem. Losing them, especially those that do important jobs, could result in huge problems for the Earth at large. A huge package of 12 studies was published recently, involving scientists all around the world. They came to one consensus, insects are being threatened.
This might not seem like a big deal but it is a HUGE issue for the Earth overall. It is being said that the world’s insects are undergoing a “death by a thousand cuts.” The study’s lead author, University of Connecticut Entomologist David Wagner, referenced that they found that climate change, insecticides, herbicides, pollution, invasive species, and agricultural/land-use changes have led to their downfall. If insects die off, it could drastically affect specific plants and the diet of many animals.