EU unanimously backs UN World Bee Day

A recent study by the Radboud University in the Netherlands found that insect populations have dropped by >75% since 1983. Not just bees but all insects need our attention.

Global declines in insects have sparked wide interest among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Loss of insect diversity and abundance is expected to provoke cascading effects on food webs and to jeopardize ecosystem services. Our understanding of the extent and underlying causes of this decline is based on the abundance of single species or taxonomic groups only, rather than changes in insect biomass which is more relevant for ecological functioning. 

Here, we used a standardized protocol to measure total insect biomass using Malaise traps, deployed over 27 years in 63 nature protection areas in Germany (96 unique location-year combinations) to infer on the status and trend of local entomofauna. Our analysis estimates a seasonal decline of 76%, and mid-summer decline of 82% in flying insect biomass over the 27 years of study. 

We show that this decline is apparent regardless of habitat type, while changes in weather, land use, and habitat characteristics cannot explain this overall decline. This yet unrecognized loss of insect biomass must be taken into account in evaluating declines in abundance of species depending on insects as a food source, and ecosystem functioning in the European landscape.

Any country that is polluting and not trying become greener should be sanctioned as a crime against humanity - Bee Day is a start, some people will say "It's not enough" they are the problem, sure, not enough is better than nothing.

1. Journals plos
2. Euractiv
EU unanimously backs UN World Bee Day EU unanimously backs UN World Bee Day Reviewed by Kanthala Raghu on December 24, 2017 Rating: 5

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