Scientists are calling it the insect apocalypse, and it has extremely serious implications for the future of our planet.
All over the globe, insect populations are plummeting dramatically. And since insects are at the very foundation of the global food chain, that is really bad news for all of us. In fact, one expert described what is happening to the global insect population as hyper-alarming. If we continue down the path that we are currently on, a bleak, apocalyptic future for our planet is all but assured.
When scientist Brad Lister recently returned to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico, he quickly realized that something was very, very wrong. And once his team began taking measurements, they discovered that 98 percent of the insect population on the ground was completely gone
We knew that something was amiss in the first couple days, said Brad Lister. We were driving into the forest and at the same time both Andres and I said: Where are all the birds? There was nothing.
His return to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years was to reveal an appalling discovery. The insect population that once provided plentiful food for birds throughout the mountainous national park had collapsed. On the ground, 98% had gone. Up in the leafy canopy, 80% had vanished.
But if this was just happening in Puerto Rico, it definitely would not be a global crisis.
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Unfortunately, similar numbers are coming in from all over the planet
Flying insect numbers in Germanys natural reserves have plunged 75% in just 25 years. The virtual disappearance of birds in an Australian eucalyptus forest was blamed on a lack of insects caused by drought and heat. Lister and his colleague Andrés García also found that insect numbers in a dry forest in Mexico had fallen 80% since the 1980s.
We are essentially destroying the very life support systems that allow us to sustain our existence on the planet, along with all the other life on the planet,Lister said. It is just horrifying to watch us decimate the natural world like this.
And one study that looked at data from the entire world concluded that there has been a 45 percent drop in the abundance of invertebrates
Worldwide, a 2014 summary of global declines in biodiversity and abundance estimated a 45 percent drop in the abundance of invertebrates, most of which are insects. And many individual species and species groups are declining or even being threatened with extinction, from bumblebees in Europe and the United States to fungus weevils in Africa.
When I said that we are on a collision course with extinction in the title of this article, I was not kidding around.
Without insects, we would have an exceedingly difficult time trying to survive on this planet. I really like how a Scientific American article made this point
Insects pollinate a spectrum of plants, including many of those that humans rely on for food. They also are key players in other important jobs including breaking dead things down into the building blocks for new life, controlling weeds and providing raw materials for medicines. And they provide sustenance for a spectrum of other animalsin fact, the Puerto Rico study showed a decline in density of insect-eating frogs, birds and lizards that paralleled the insect nosedive.
As the planetary food chain systematically breaks down, we can rely on the artificial food chains that we have created for a while, but once things get bad enough those artificial food chains will not be nearly enough to feed the entire planet.
And it isnt just invertebrates that are seeing their populations collapse.
Vertebrate populations are collapsing too, and according to one recent report they are down an average of 60 percent since 1970
The population of the planets vertebrates has dropped an average of 60 percent since 1970, according to a report by the WWF conservation organization.
The most striking decline in vertebrate population was in the tropics in South and Central America, with an 89 percent loss compared to 1970. Freshwater species have also significantly fallen down 83 percent in that period.
Vertebrates include all mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles.
Needless to say, a 60 percent decline in less than 50 years is absolutely horrific, and essentially what we are facing is a slow-motion global cataclysm.
Meanwhile, we are running out of easily recoverable oil, there are already severe shortages of fresh water all over the globe, and at this point we can barely grow enough food to feed everyone in the world.
We are literally teetering on the precipice of disaster, and yet most people dont realize what is happening.
The clock is ticking, and time is running out for the late, great planet Earth. We are literally destroying the globe, and we lack the willpower to do anything to stop our destructive behavior.
And soon 5G cellphone networks will be rolling out all over the world, and that will greatly increase the amount of radiation that we are constantly bombarding our natural environment with. But we must have better cellphone service, and so we are literally willing to sacrifice the future of our planet in order to get it.
I could go on and on, but I think that you get the point.
A massive global environmental collapse is already well underway, and it is only going to accelerate in the years ahead as humanity races toward a date with destiny.
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17 January 2019 - 12:27 PM
Paris (AFP) - The way humanity produces and eats food must radically change to avoid millions of deaths and "catastrophic" damage to the planet, according to a landmark study published Thursday.
The key to both goals is a dramatic shift in the global diet -- roughly half as much sugar and red meat, and twice as many vegetables, fruits and nuts, a consortium of three dozen researchers concluded in The Lancet, a medical journal.
"We are in a catastrophic situation," co-author Tim Lang, a professor at the University of London and policy lead for the EAT-Lancet Commission that compiled the 50-page study, told AFP.
Currently, nearly a billion people are hungry and another two billion are eating too much of the wrong foods, causing epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Unhealthy diets account for up to 11 million avoidable premature deaths every year, according to the most recent Global Disease Burden report.
At the same time the global food system is the single largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the biggest driver of biodiversity loss, and the main cause of deadly algae blooms along coasts and inland waterways.
Agriculture -- which has transformed nearly half the planet's land surface -- also uses up about 70 percent of the global fresh water supply.
"To have any chance of feeding 10 billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries" -- the limits on Earth's capacity to absorb human activity -- "we must adopt a healthy diet, slash food waste, and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts," said co-author Johan Rockstrom, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research.
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"It is doable but it will take nothing less than global agricultural revolution," he told AFP.
The cornerstone of "the great food transformation" called for in the study is a template human diet of about 2500 calories per day.
"We are not saying everyone has to eat in the same way," Lang said by phone. "But broadly -- especially in the rich world -- it means a reduction of meat and dairy, and a major increase in plant consumption."
The diet allows for about seven grammes (a quarter of an ounce) of red meat per day, and up to 14. A typical hamburger patty, by comparison, is 125 to 150 grammes.
For most rich nations, and many emerging ones such as China and Brazil, this would represent a drastic five-to-ten-fold reduction.
Beef is the main culprit.
Not only do cattle pass massive quantities of planet-warming methane, huge swathes of carbon-absorbing forests - mostly in Brazil - are cut down every year to make room for them.
"For climate, we know that coal is the low-hanging fruit, the dirtiest of fossil fuels," said Rockstrom. "On the food side, the equivalent is grain-fed beef."
It takes at least five kilos of grain to produce a kilo of meat.
And once that steak or lamb chop hits the plate, about 30 percent will wind up in the garbage bin.
Dairy is also limited to about one cup (250 grammes) of whole milk -- or its equivalent in cheese or yoghurt -- per day, and only one or two eggs per week.
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At the same time, the diet calls for a more than 100 percent increase in legumes such as peas and lentils, along with vegetables, fruits and nuts.
Grains are considered to be less healthy sources of nutrients.
"We can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources," said The Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton.
"For the first time in 200,000 years of human history, we are severely out of sync with the planet and Nature."
The report drew heavy fire from the livestock and dairy industry, and some experts.
"It goes to the extreme to create maximum attention, but we must be more responsible when making serious dietary recommendation," said Alexander Anton, secretary general of the European Dairy Association, noting that dairy products are "packed" with nutrients and vitamins.
Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London said the report "reveals the full agenda of nanny-state campaigners."
"We expected these attacks," said Lang. "But the same food companies pushing back against these findings realise that they may not have a future if they don't adapt", he said.
"The question is: does this come by crisis, or do we start planning for it now?"
Some multinationals responded positively, if cautiously, to the study.
"We need governments to help accelerate the change by aligning national dietary guidelines with healthy and sustainable requirements, and repurposing agricultural subsidies," the World Business Council for Sustainable Development said in a statement.
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Penny Marshall, the amazing actress, comedian and director has died ... TMZ has learned.
Marshall died Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home. We've learned the cause of death was complications from diabetes.
Penny's first recurring role was playing Myrna Turner on "The Odd Couple," which was directed by her brother. She also appeared on "Happy Days" with Cindy Williams, and they became famous from their spin-off sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley." It became a monster hit in 1976 and ran for 8 seasons. Her character's moniker -- the "L" for Laverne on her sweater -- became one of the most famous logos in television.
Penny's accomplishments were only beginning. She directed Tom Hanks in "Big" in 1988. She was the first woman in history to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million.
Penny also directed "A League of Their Own," and "Awakenings" starring Robin Williams.
Penny's family says, "Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall. Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family."
The family notes Penny gave Mark Wahlberg his first acting job in "Renaissance Man."
"As an actress, her work on 'Laverne & Shirley' broke ground featuring blue-collar women entertaining America in prime time."
"She was a comedic natural with a photographic memory and an instinct for slapstick," her family added.
"We hope her life continues to inspire other to spend time with family, work hard and make of their dreams come true."
Penny was treated for brain and lung cancer back in 2009.
Penny was once married to Rob Reiner and once dated Art Garfunkle. She had an amazing lineage ... Her brother was famed director Garry Marshall. She directed her daughter, Tracy Reiner, who played Betty in "A League of Their Own."
One of Penny's closest friends was Carrie Fischer. They had joint birthdays and Penny was godmother to Carrie's daughter Billie Lourd.
Penny was a massive basketball fan and was a staple at Clippers games for years.
Penny also famously directed the 1996 movie "The Preacher's Wife" starring Denzel Washington and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" in 1986 starring Whoopi Goldberg.
Her producer credits ain't too shabby either -- with movies like "Cinderella Man" and "Calendar Girl."
The family says a celebration of Penny's life will be held t a later date.