Big Scare Material
I'm already having a hard time accepting that the world is losing glaciers. (Same magazine - see below)
NOW I'm supposed to accept placidly and like a good little Olde Fart that we are losing insects by the giga-ton.
Deserves way more discussion. But first.....
Big news in Science Magazine, May 12 edition (we get ours kinda slow out here in the mountains)!
NextGen entomologists in Germany present the stunning news that just since 1989 insect population - most species - are down about 80%! Think starting with 10 dogs you love, and you've got 2 left. HUGE decline, and not a one-off, a continuing, terrifying trend. [SciMag]
I've been ranting about the mass extinction we are in for a while. "Moving fast enough for us to actually see" has been my evidence that this is moving really, really fast, geologically speaking.
What didn't occur to me was how dramatically some extinctions would lead the pack. Insects!
An effective attack on insects would be the most deadly Weapon of Mass Destruction imaginable. So why on Gaia would we be waging this attack against ourselves at this weakest spot? Are we nuts?
This a personal message to President Trump.
Dear Mr. President,
This is a chance to become a Hero of the Currently-Non-Core-Supporters.
Define and fix the Insect Apocalypse. Spend bigly on emergency research to define the problem all over America. Figure out what's causing this blitzkrieg on bugs. Then FIX IT, or at least get the fix started. It's probably complicated.
You will be a savior of mankind. Not kidding.