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Base of Our Food Chain Largely Gone

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Ecological Armageddon! Insects Vanish All over the World Support Climate State on Patreon patreon.com/ClimateStat e 'Hyperalarming' study shows massive insect loss! By Ben Guarino from The Washington Post ...
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I have long been reading and learning about extinctions, "little ones" such as the Furbish lousewort, to the grander extinctions that have punctuated evolution on Earth--such as the one that led to the demise of the dinosaur and the rise of mammals and Homo sapiens (five or more of which the genus Homo kicked off some time ago, many of them being here far longer than our self-named "wise selves" so far).

The wipeouts of large animals around the planet by humans, including by Native Americans, are beautiful examples, and for a truly grand display, the wipeouts of Australian plants and animals, with the introduction of species from England, that the British couldn't live without. Need I even mention passenger pigeons and the dodo, or the birds used for women's hats in Grand Paris? The rats in Hawaii?

It is often and typically the little characters that matter most. As the counselor for my Wildlife Merit Badge inscribed on my brain, over half a century ago, "Even that little fly that's bothering you has a purpose here on earth."

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Or consider the microscopic plankton that are 40% gone since 1950, thanks to us, even it is they who provide 40% of the oxygen we breathe.

Anyone who thinks about it and has been paying two bits of attention over the years has noticed the diminishing of insects around their environment. This video looks to me like a small yet literal sampling of the crumbling foundation beneath us.

 

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grreat post

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Years ago, I read a sci-fi short story, in which a mangoes back in time, and is aware that time travel is dangerous , as history can be altered in the past... and he does nothing, he thinks to alter the future... except he inadvertently steps on an insect, and when hereturns to the Future, everything has been altered.

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Don't worry Dan, homo sapiens will soon be extinct and then within10,000 years, a mere instant, nature will replenish the planet.

Who knows what nature will come up with, in her ingenuity: insects that thrive on plastic, mammals that derive their energy from nuclear waste, fish that absorb nitrogen and emit oxygen, hermaphrodite plants that self-pollinate.

Mother nature always wins. It is the humans that are losing. They were an evolutionary mistake, that will soon be corrected by nature.

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I'm thankful I chose not to have children and am in my slow downward slide in life. I've tried to live thriftily by western standards, my weakest point having traveled the world by jet plane. Watching those in developing countries to aspire a western lifestyle. The Trumps/Kardishans of the world and those who strive for the same will lead to the planet's demise. Claiming: "Those who die with the most, wins!"

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Last commandment on the Georgia Guidestones:

'Be not a cancer on the earth. Leave room for Nature. Leave room for Nature.'

Well, Humanity IS a part of Nature. Sadly, that's the part that was forgotten about when somebody else wrote that man has dominion over everything. Dominion is a sly power word that negates care, empathy and stewardship. The PTB took that one and ran with it and never stopped, right up until today.

I'm chiming in with John Rachel's comment on the Brazil election article. paraphrasing: End it already! Erase the rainforests; step on the last honeybee; blowtorch the Arctic; drill, baby, drill; go massive with WWIII; keep lying to the end thru those big pearly whites; and live real big in those bunkers.

I'm tired of worrying about loved ones I won't be able to help; I'm tired of being scared; I'm tired of sleepless nights; I'm tired of being pissed off. I've lived a tiny life, loved many, trod as gently as possible in this societal construct, and I'm ready to say 'You Win Everything. Take It.' Despair used to be a sin. Now it just seems realistic.

Let's throw a giant party!

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Hold the phone Janet. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle suggests that something good for the world may yet occur. It would be nice if humans somehow changed course for the better...and have a chance to participate!

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OK, dear Shad, I'm holding. Perhaps humanity has enough tunneling particles to escape what appears to be the inescapable. :)

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I have noticed a large decrease in insect, small bird, and frog populations around here. We did have more swallowtail butterflies than usual, but everything else appears to be in decline. Unfortunately, the rate of decrease in the last three years looks more like collapse than decline. I live at latitude 48.6 degrees and this is supposed to be one of the better places for bugs.

The decline in the little things, the bugs, the soil microbes and the ocean plankton clearly spell disaster for humans. Only the time frame is still in question. Today I live!

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Fireflies seem to have disappeared from Cape Cod.

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We've had a huge decrease in earthworms in our yard and garden, based on my several observations. Just recently heard others noticing the same in other states. Anecdotal but not enouraging, given that we wouldn't be here without the job these amazing work these creatures do.

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We did have more swallowtail butterflies than usual, but everything else appears to be in decline. Unfortunately, the rate of decrease in the last three years looks more like collapse than decline. I live at latitude 48.6 degrees and this is supposed to be one of the better places for bugs.


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Will try to catch my brilliant Vietnam neighbor, in her second year of college, for help here. Thanks!

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Thanks for verifying my first thought; greatly appreciated.

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