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What's Causing the Sharp Decline in Insects, and Why It Matters - Yale E360

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Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems.

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Does anyone else get the uneasy feeling I have when observing flowers with only a few buzzing insects around? The reason for flowers is to entice insects to be sex toys and help plants with their mating dance. Flowers without their insect friends are at a huge disadvantage. Do they feel frustration?

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It astounds me how many people fail to realize the miraculous web of life on earth, let alone their failure to grasp that our own lives depend on this. We are in an overwhelming destruction and die-off of habitats world wide. Given the rapid acceleration of climate change, with dire warnings and factual evidence of near term extinction, people act as though we'll still be here by 2030 doing business as usual. The closer you study the evidence, the more likely it seems the earth will be uninhabitable by about 2025. This is far from hyperbole. Listen to Guy McPherson or Paul Beckworth, among many other climatologists and scientists, to understand the gravity of what all too clearly indicates we are even now almost certainly past the point of no return, and likely have been for a decade or two.

I have done more than my share of homework on this, still doing more, and I am clearly going through what Elizabeth Kubler Ross called the five stages of grief: "Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance... They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling."

I am on the see-saw of depression-acceptance, while trying to fully grasp the acceptance stage and still carry on a meaningful life.

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I've noticed a sharp decline in butterflies and moths. Leaving a porch light on used to attract gobs of moths. Not so much anymore. The Budleia Bushes have fewer butterflies than 3 or 4 years ago.


On the other hand, garden pests seem to be doing just fine.

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