Insects pollinate many crop plants, but insect populations are collapsing, and not only in Germany. Pesticides, monocultures, and changes to the landscape are among the causes. What can be done to reverse the trend?
Wasps are aggressive and useless, people believe. But wasps are just as important as bees for pollinating our crops, say scientists. They're calling for a public relations campaign to overhaul wasps' bad image.
Many people see insects as annoying pests. But British biologist Dave Goulson cautions: A world without insects is a dull place without coffee and chocolate — and with dead animals and cow patties piling up.
Intensive modern agriculture still relies on wild birds, bees and beasts for pollination. But these species — and whole industrial supply chains that depend on them — are at risk, according to a new global survey.
Surveys in Europe and North America show a dramatic decline in the number of bugs buzzing around. Although global data are missing, many researchers are convinced this environmental disaster is happening worldwide.
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