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the dragonfly is among more than a million species of insect

Why are insects in decline, and can we do anything about it

Answers to key questions about the global insect collapse What is the sixth mass extinction? Many scientists think the current worldwide annihilation of wildlife is the beginning of a huge loss of species on Earth. It has happened five times in the last 4bn years, as a result of meteorite impacts, long ice ages and …

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mount geumgang, north korea

Two Koreas build green cooperation

As part of broader thawing of relations, the north and south are working together in the fight against a tree-killing worm — Officials from South Korea visited the North in recent months as the two adversaries faced a common enemy – Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. Efforts to control the roundworm, which causes a deadly disease in trees …

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el yunque national forest in sierra de luquillo, puerto rico

Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’

Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished — “We knew that something was amiss in the first couple days,” said Brad Lister. “We were driving into the forest and at the same time both Andres and I said: ‘Where are all the birds?’ …

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one of 14 streams close to the llyn brianne reservoir

Welsh river study reveals ‘troubling’ decline of wildlife

Forty-year study shows loss of invertebrates, with repercussions for larger animals — One of the longest-running studies of streams in the world – the minute study of 14 brooks that tumble through a remote Welsh mountain landscape – has exposed a troubling loss of riverine wildlife. Ecologists working on the Llyn Brianne Observatory project in …

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Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth

Conservation scientists believe our current mass extinction crisis requires a far more ambitious agreement, in the style of the Paris Climate Accord. And they argue that the bill shouldn’t be handed just to nation states, but corporations too — Let’s be honest, the global community’s response to the rising evidence of mass extinction and ecological …

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