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Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

flying insects caught in a malaise trap
Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

October 18, 2017 — The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Continue reading Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’, warn scientists

argentine ants
Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) feeding on food scraps. They can damage delicate ecosystems and also interfere with electrical wiring. Photograph: Victor Suarez/Alamy Stock Photo

Foreign animals and plants can cause huge damage, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example of how climate change is boosting the threat

July 25, 2017 — Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo”, scientists have warned, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example. The public are being asked to be on Continue reading Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’, warn scientists

Europe should expand bee-harming pesticide ban, say campaigners

bees and other organisms
Neonicotinoid pesticides pose significant risks to bees and other organisms, say researchers. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

The threat posed to bees by neonicotinoid pesticides is greater than perceived in 2013 when the EU adopted a partial ban, new report concludes

January 12, 2017 — Europe should expand a ban on bee-harming pesticides in light of a new report warning of widespread risks to agriculture and the environment, Greenpeace has said.  Continue reading Europe should expand bee-harming pesticide ban, say campaigners

First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

a rusty patched bumblebee
A rusty patched bumblebee which the US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing for federal protection. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

Rusty patched bumblebee population plunged nearly 90% since the late 1990s

January 11, 2017 — The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.  Continue reading First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss

meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of england
Meadow pipit have disappeared from sites in the south of England. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Rising temperatures and crop farming mean birds are disappearing from parts of England, says study, while butterflies and dragonflies are faring better

January 11, 2017 — Climate change has already led to the vanishing of some bird species in parts of England, where intensively farmed land gives them no room to adapt to warming temperatures. The Continue reading Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss