Daily Archives: February 12, 2019

Pentagon slush fund discovered

Who will feed China’s growing middle class?

Who’s behind the Chinese takeover of a U.S. pork producer?

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Chicago wrapped in ice after freezing rain

Climate Change & Our Health with STEVEN MILES

Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future

Feb 12, 2019

In science news, a shocking new report warns the rapid decline of the world’s insect population could lead to the “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.” The report, published in the journal Biological Conservation, estimates 40 percent of insect species are in decline and could go extinct in the next few decades. Insects are vital for their role in pollinating plants, purifying the soil and water, recycling natural waste and protecting crops from pests. The report says that unsustainable, pesticide-dependent industrial agriculture is the main cause of the die-off, but the report also cites warming temperatures as a factor.