People Manage To Kill Three-Quarters Of Flying Insects In Only 27 Years

People Manage To Kill Three-Quarters Of Flying Insects In Only 27 Years: Part A //
Oct 23, 2017

Humans have always excelled at killing things.  No species does it better than us. Technological advancement is fastest in development of more sophisticated and powerful weapons to kill off our enemies.

Corporate propaganda says that to have higher and higher yields of crops to feed exponential population growth we must develop more powerful pesticides to kill off more and more insects.  We’ve succeeded in killing off 76% of flying insects in only 27 years. Oops. We need insects to pollinate our crops so that we can grow food. Doh… Not so smart…
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Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown, by George Monbiot: The shocking collapse of insect populations hints at a global ecological meltdown.  Guardian link article from Friday 20 October here.


What the Luck?: The Surprising Role of Chance in Our Everyday Lives, by Garry Smith.  Regression to the mean, Wiki article here.  Link to Wiki article on Biomass (Ecology), here.
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It’s a Bugs Death, for Three out of Four: Part B // Oct 25, 2017

In many apocalyptic dystopian movies, we see scenes where civilization has collapsed, nobody is around, and there are cockroaches scurrying throughout derelict ruins of buildings.

Thanks to incredible scientific advances on development and deployment of super-pesticides, these movies have it all wrong. There won’t be any cockroaches, or any other bugs around. In fact we are presently killing insects so efficiently now, their absence may in fact accelerate our collapse, and we will have to rewrite these dystopian movie scripts.
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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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1 Response to People Manage To Kill Three-Quarters Of Flying Insects In Only 27 Years

  1. Jimbot says:

    Thanks for all your efforts at clueing people in to the reality of the situation, Paul. You’re one of the heroes.

    I would just like to suggest that you maybe could focus the blame a little more for the destruction of the biosphere. It isn’t really all humans who are responsible for the elimination of 75% ( to this point ) of insect life. Of course this also includes many amphibians and birds that depend on insects for food. And on up the chain.

    It was widely known what pesticides would do since the publishing of the book, Silent Spring, in the 1960s.

    Similarly, where you say the stock market rise seems to be paradoxical, or counter-intuitive somehow when juxtaposed to the destruction of life, it is actually exactly the way one would it could be expected to work, when viewed from a certain perspective. That is, corporate industrial civilization is inimicable to all life. What is referred to as economic growth is also, or could be proxy for, a measure of increasing death and destruction of all natural systems.

    I guess all the of the billions of complicit and clueless individuals in the developed world, including me, are at least sharing some of the blame. However, I think you could say that people in Monsanto’s boardrooms and labs carry a greater share, just to mention one of the myriad entities involved. Most such people seem to be ideologically driven rather than rationally. Corporate profit is always seen as the greater good somehow, even if you’re building atom bombs.


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