Insectageddon
Johnny Hellzapoppin' 11 Feb 19 10:06
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Although partly a result of climate change, is look like this is probably going to kill more of us off much more rapidly and effectively than other climate change effects M8s.

to oversimplify massively - the insects are like a key jenga brick down near the bottom of the tower, take it out (as we are in the process of doing) and the whole ecosystem is destabilised to the point where a system wide collapse is inevitable.

but hardly anyone cares enough to do anything about it - we all just metaphorically stick our fingers in our ears and hum loudly (Brexit tunes mostly at the moment) - so watch and wait. bird life will probably be the next thing to largely disappear.

I hope people like Lord lawson and James Delingpole are still alive when the armageddon comes so we can all take turns going full Ramsey Bolton on them.

Watch out the sky is falling on our heads (again, from another direction)!

We really need to start trying to plan for and adapt to some of these supposed calamities in order to survive, further or in the alternative to trying to prevent them. 

Complaining and/or trying to turn back the tide seem to be the default positions, whether the coming disaster is natural (maybe start moving to higher ground, as well as building more wind farms) or man-made (maybe start planning for no-deal, as well as trying to negotiate one or reverse the decision).  

Anyone watch the Black Mirror episode about the robot bees?

Some of the effect on isnects is climate change, but since there are plenty of isnects in hot places it may not be too serious.  

The major effect is massive use of agrochemicals, in particular neonicotinoids.  That has become so pervasive that areas miles away from the spraying are now full of them and they last for years.  They are found in all humans and all animals and they are really not that safe once the quantity becomes large.  

Neonicotinoids is a large business, but not that large.  Their effect on agricultural productivity is fairly large, but still only 15% to 20%.  To put that into perspective, fully 50% of the vegetables harvested in the EU are thrown away at some point before they reach the plate.  We could easily do without agrochemicals and we would not notice the expense.