March 01, 2018

The Back Page: Vanishing Insects?

Jonathan P. Scoll

In recent years, I’ve noticed fewer bug splatters on my windshield on summer car trips across the Midwest, where I live. In 2016, my internet search on “flying insect decline,” turned up a July 6, 2016, article by the journalist Christian Schwägerl, author of a popular book on the “Anthropocene,” in Yale Environment 360, “What’s Causing the Sharp Decline in Insects, and Why It Matters,” Schwägerl reported on research findings, including an ongoing investigation in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and other investigations, all showing insect populations in dramatic decline in many parts of the world, attributing this to factors from monoculture farming to habitat loss.

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