Climate change endangers insects and thus entire ecosystems
Insects suffer from climate change. This endangers entire ecosystems. In a study, 70 researchers from 19 countries are therefore calling for measures to better understand and reduce the consequences of climate change on insects.
Indispensable for most ecosystems: insects, like a may beetle here. (archive image)
In the study, the international research team gives an overview of the role of climate and climatic extremes in the decline in insect populations, as the Institute for Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern, which was involved, announced on Monday. The study is part of the Scientists’ Warning series and published in the journal Ecological Monographs.
Insects are fundamental to a great many ecosystems and the world is losing part of them, warns study leader Jeffrey Harvey of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Both longer-term developments and short-term extremes harm the insects. This is particularly pronounced in regions with moderate temperatures. The gradual rise in temperature affects physique, behavior, appearance and relationships among species. Extreme events such as droughts, fires, cold snaps and floods also leave their mark.