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Source: Engadget

According to a new scientific review on the decline of insects around the world, more than 40 percent of insects could face extinction within the next century and several more are already endangered.

The study published in the journal Biological Conservation points to a series of alarming facts surrounding insect populations around the world, including that one-third of insects are already endangered and insect population will be a quarter less within just ten years, and in half a century will be 50 percent less.

Human activity and carelessness has been identified as the main culprit of declining insect populations. Among those, food production around the world, overconsumption, intensive agriculture that uses pesticides and climate change.

Butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, ants and dragonflies are among the groups of insects that have been the most affected and that will face more challenges in the coming years.

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Insect Populations Declining, Could Face Mass Extinction within One Century

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