Insects

Biodiversity is Central to Human Wellbeing, Needs Same Level of Attention as Climate Change – IPBES Chair

26th October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Reuters.  “Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday. “We are trying to … put biodiversity and ecosystems on… [more]

Warning of ‘Ecological Armageddon’ After Dramatic Plunge in Insect Numbers

19th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such… [more]

Habitat-Based Conservation Strategies Cannot Compensate for Climate-Change-Induced Range Loss

10th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Nature.  “Abstract: Anthropogenic habitat fragmentation represents a major obstacle to species shifting their range in response to climate change1. Conservation measures to increase the (meta-)population capacity2 and permeability of landscapes3 may help but the effectiveness of such measures in a warming climate has rarely been evaluated. Here, we simulate range dynamics… [more]

Coupling of Pollination Services & Coffee Suitability Under Climate Change

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on npr.  “Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee.In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants’ yield, Taylor Ricketts, the director of the University of Vermont’s Gund… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [more]

Artificial Light At Night as a New Threat to Pollination

5th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in nature.  “Abstract: Pollinators are declining worldwide1 and this has raised concerns for a parallel decline in the essential pollination service they provide to both crops and wild plants2, 3. Anthropogenic drivers linked to this decline include habitat changes, intensive agriculture, pesticides, invasive alien species, spread of pathogens and climate change1. Recently,… [more]