According to the Report published in the journal Biological Conservation, the deteriorating insect population may cause catastrophic effects on the environment. Increased use of pesticide would further deteriorate the population of the insects and will disbalance nature. With the current rate of the use of pesticides, nearly 40% of the population of insects will die within the next few decades. According to the report, the current rate of extinction of insect species is 2.5% per year, and within a decade, a widespread outbreak of insect extinction will start.
The planetary ecosystem of the earth is dependant on the different factors, and insects are one of them. The insects do carry the pollens and carry them to sow the seeds of plants. Also, they do eat the smaller pests that might be dangerous for the ecosystem. With one-third of the population of insects at the danger of extinction, we should get ready, the report in the Journal of Biological Conservation. The report was a result of the collaboration of researchers from the scientists of universities of Sydney and Queensland and the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Scientists gathered the data from all over the world about animal extinction and then examined the same. After reviewing, it was found that the percentage extinction of the insects is increasing, which is the danger sign for our ecosystem. As the current focus of humanity is on the vertebrate animals, the insects are overlooked, and that will be dangerous for humanity, says Francisco Sanchez-Bayo, one of the co-authors of the report. Scientists also figured out the causes behind the increasing rate of extinction being excessive agriculture, excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers, loss of habitat, pollution, and other biological factors. The authors of this report asked the world for immediate and radical action to save the insects and protect the ecosystem of our planet.