The "Insect Apocalypse" May Pose A Risk To Life On Earth

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13 Nov 2019, 3:51 pm

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7680395/Insect-apocalypse-poses-risk-life-Earth-Half-bugs-lost-1970.html


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13 Nov 2019, 4:13 pm

What did we expect spraying everything out of existence?



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13 Nov 2019, 4:44 pm

Many species of insects will go extinct, but hundreds of thousands others will survive. Some species of insects already evolved immunity to insecticides. And their descendants will live on Earth much longer than ours.



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14 Nov 2019, 4:32 am

After the climate apocalypse even cockroaches will be having a rough time. Modelling is difficult to gauge which species will survive.

At least this is one good job that Trump did...
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/what ... ?r=US&IR=T



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14 Nov 2019, 11:29 am

And the ignorant come along saying "It's just a bunch of stupid bugs. It's no big deal."


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14 Nov 2019, 12:25 pm

Fundie conservatives expecting armageddon.

Lefty liberals expecting climate apocalypse.

Which will come first?



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14 Nov 2019, 6:31 pm

The only event in history of Earth which really did some significant harm to insects as a group was permian extinction. It was bigest extinction in history of complex life and vertebrates barely survived it. Humans have no power to eradicate insects, they can and will survive much more than us.



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14 Nov 2019, 7:08 pm

I would have thought that pesticides would be taking a down turn in recent years with everyone trying to go towards organics over fears about commercial chemicals causing cancer and such.



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14 Nov 2019, 10:08 pm

I remember there being another alarm story about how 70% of wildlife is now extinct. But that claim turned out to be misleading. It's probably the same with this.

The Daily Mail is hardly a scientific publication and I can't read the article without turning off my ad-block, which is blocking 49 ads. Usually these types of articles contain numerous source hyperlinks taking you to other articles filled with more hyperlinks, so it's like you are getting 5th hand information. Meanwhile the Daily Mail gets $$$$ from all the adds it dumps into your device which are likely full of advertising spybots and maybe malware.



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15 Nov 2019, 5:24 pm

The Daily mail had the numbers right but not the definitions
UN Report By the Numbers – Key Statistics and Facts from the Report
General
75%: terrestrial environment “severely altered” to date by human actions (marine environments 66%)
47%: reduction in global indicators of ecosystem extent and condition against their estimated natural baselines, with many continuing to decline by at least 4% per decade
28%: global land area held and/or managed by Indigenous Peoples , including >40% of formally protected areas and 37% of all remaining terrestrial areas with very low human intervention
+/-60 billion: tons of renewable and non-renewable resources extracted globally each year, up nearly 100% since 1980
15%: increase in global per capita consumption of materials since 1980
>85%: of wetlands present in 1700 had been lost by 2000 – loss of wetlands is currently three times faster, in percentage terms, than forest loss.
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopme ... ed-report/

It doesn't paint a rosy picture for the future as climate skeptics would have you believe



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16 Nov 2019, 8:28 pm

I think perhaps more accurate descriptors would be, climate apocalypse predictors and climate apocalypse skeptics.



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16 Nov 2019, 8:39 pm

Yeah I think the question is one of whether we are able to manage the breakdown in climate/ecosystems or not.

One scenario is living in earth safe zones and outside these zones is a dystopian nightmare something akin to the book of Eli



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16 Nov 2019, 9:11 pm

Or Mad Max.

Or whatever similar scenarios were on the screen and in books going further back in time.

And of course there's still also WW3 and the Killer Comet / Killer Asteroid.



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16 Nov 2019, 10:54 pm

Hopefully Australia is a safe zone



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17 Nov 2019, 12:02 am

It was in the Mad Max films. More or less.