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Widespread loss of insect could cause nature's 'collapse'

Monday, February 11th 2019, 5:45 pm - Insect populations are falling worldwide, and that puts all of us at risk -- according to a new study.

A new study warns that insect populations around the world are falling dramatically. This could have a potentially "catastrophic" effect on the planet.

That's according to a study published in the journal Biological Conservation.

It says more than 40 per cent of insect species could become extinct in the next few decades, naming habitat loss and pollution as the main driving factors.

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Biological factors and climate change are also taking their toll on bugs, which make up about 70 per cent of all animal species globally.

According to the study's authors, insects have served as the "structural and functional base of many of the world's ecosystems since their rise ... almost 400 million years ago."

The report, complied by scientists at the Universities of Sydney and Queensland and the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences, are calling for radical action to avert what they believe is a "looming crisis."

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