Researchers from the University of Helsinki (Finland) warn that the decline in insect numbers is seriously threatening humans.
As current research shows, arthropod biomass has declined by 76% since 1994 and continues to decline. Today, about 40% of insects are under the threat of complete extinction. Insects, which account for two-thirds of all terrestrial species, are dying at an alarming rate with disastrous consequences for food webs and habitats.
In addition, this threatens with a critical reduction in biodiversity, massive changes in ecosystems and ecology in general, and irreversible. Finnish scientists believe that the extinction of insects threatens the potential loss of unique genes and substances that may one day contribute to, say, the cure of diseases, as well as disruption of ecosystem functions on which humanity depends. For example, there is simply no artificial substitute for pollination.
Experts have also developed a number of recommendations to help insects avoid extinction. Above all, Finns advise against mowing lawns too often, growing more plants, avoiding the use of pesticides, not cutting down old trees, preserving old stumps, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and supporting conservation organizations.