The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

Just published in the New York Times, this article details the dramatic decline of insect populations in recent history.  Have you ever heard of the ‘windshield phenomenon’?  If you’re old enough, think back twenty, thirty, forty years:  you’re driving down the road and so many insects are piling up on your windshield that you can barely see.  Have you noticed that now?  Most people are shaking their heads, ‘no’.  There is a noticeable absence of solid data from the past to establish a baseline, but scientists and nature enthusiasts alike are noticing the stark drop in insect numbers.  Click here to read the article and learn more about what is happening as well as what can still be done to prevent a total extinction event.

Photo illustration courtesy of Matt Dorfman

Photo illustration courtesy of Matt Dorfman

 

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