When considering the damage from climate change, we think of wildfire, flood, drought, superstorms, rising sea level, the wiping out of ecosystems like coral reefs and rainforest.
However, there is a more subtle, and more deadly effect. A study in 2017 demonstrated a dramatic fall in insect numbers in Germany.
A very recent report shows the same in Puerto Rico: an area teeming with insects 35 years ago is now almost free of them.
So what? Who cares about creepy-crawlies? They’re only a nuisance, right?
Wrong. Frogs, birds, fish, lizards… a huge number of species eat them. Their many activities make a wide variety of plant life possible. They are ESSENTIAL to life as we know it on this planet.
I remember reading in one of David Suzuki’s books, that E. O. Wilson, the father of the concept of biodiversity has said that if all humans were to disappear, every form of life other than our domesticated species would be better off. In contrast, if ants were to disappear, most ecosystems would fall apart, and we’d have a major extinction event.
The insects are disappearing. There are two major causes: the many poisons we pump into our environment, and climate change. The first is likely to be the main cause in Germany; the second more probable for Puerto Rico.
No wonder Trump chooses to disbelieve science. We should, all of us, be on emergency footing to save life on this planet, because we are part of it. And no, Elon and Jeff, you can’t run away to Mars.