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Insect species could fall by 40%, causing 'catastrophic collapse' of world's ecosytems

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Feb 11, 2019 7:29 AM 2+ mon ago

Scientists warn of largest extinction event on Earth

Scientists say agriculture, loss of habitat and climate change have affected insect populations

Image: Scientists say agriculture, loss of habitat and climate change have affected insect populations

Dramatic declines in insect numbers could see 40% of species die out in the "largest extinction event on Earth" for millions of years.

Scientists have warned of a "catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems" if numbers continue to decline, as insects are key to many of the world's natural systems and wildlife chains.

Insects provide a food source to other wildlife such as birds and mammals, and are also important for pollinating plants and recycling nutrients.

Researchers say the agricultural industry is largely to blame for declining populations, with destruction of habitat and the widespread use of pesticides having a major impact.

Other factors include disease and introduced species, as well as climate change, with ...

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