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Explained: How Climate Change Is Killing Insects And Impacting The Food Chain

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forest insects According to a recent study, the insects that maintain food chains and pollinate plants keep the world going yet are in grave danger.

Future climatic changes are likely to have an impact on outbreaks of forest insects since temperature and other environmental factors affect forest insect populations. In some instances, greater and more frequent insect outbreaks may happen, but in other instances, recurring outbreaks may be stopped. What does the new study say?

Reuters/Representational Image In comparison to natural environments, the new study, which was published in the journal Nature, claims that insect populations have decreased by about 50 percent in agricultural hubs and areas experiencing higher temperatures brought on by climate change. Over the course of 20 years, from 1992 to 2012, the University College London researchers examined more than 750,000 records on roughly 20,000 different species of insects, including bees, beetles, grasshoppers, and butterflies.

The main objective was to evaluate how changing land use and temperatures affected insect populations. The findings, according to the researchers, point to sensitivity to human activities.

There was a 29% decrease in the variety of bug species, particularly in tropical areas. However, where there’s little to no monoculture activity and natural habitats […]

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