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January 22, 2021 - Gizmodo

12 New Studies Show How Close Insects Are to Extinction

12 New Studies Show How Close Insects Are to Extinction
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I do not like bugs. Creepy, many-legged things make my skin crawl. But as unpleasant as they are, insects are absolutely crucial for our world’s ecosystems to function, and sadly, new research shows that the creatures populations are on the verge of collapse.

That’s the theme of the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences, called the Global Decline of Insects in the Anthropocene Special Feature, which includes 12 papers conducted by 56 authors detailing insects’ rapid decline.

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