Volcanic winters and the bubonic plague. Good times in Eurasia.
This "catastrophe conspiracy theory" has been around for at least 20yrs. Now it's been confirmed via ice cores. When will the gradualists/uniformitarians get tired of eating crow (and of ruining the careers of better men)?
Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
'More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.
The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.
“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” they write. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.”
The analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Urbanisation and climate change are also significant factors.'
It is an interesting article, and I have read similar reports in other places.
'The mass of insects collected by monitoring traps in the Orbroicher Bruch nature reserve in northwest Germany dropped by 78% in 24 years.'
I do not believe insects will ever disappear, but on a personal level I have noticed less fly's amd mozzies ( mosquitos ) around these days, also other insects, less bees and butterflies, general observation. Used to catch so many bugs when I drove out into the Victorian midlands or coast, but not using the windscreen viper so much these days to clear them.
Living on the Melbourne fringes if I left the door open it was an open invitation to an army of fly's, now one here or there at certain times.
I'm no environmentalist, and I understand things from the viewpoint of a production farmer who needs to feed their family and keep the business going, but considering the heavy decrease it is worthy of note.
On Thursday, a "city-killer" asteroid passed the Earth at a distance of 73K kilometers. The Earth travels through 100K of space in one hour. We missed a hit by less than an hour's difference in space. Astronomers had almost no knowledge of the object until it was flying by us.
“This is one of the closest approaches to Earth by an asteroid that we know of. And it’s a pretty large one,” Michael Brown, an associate professor at Monash University’s school of physics and astronomy told the paper.
“It’s impressively close. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. It’s a pretty big deal.”