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Insects Are Rapidly Declining in Population, Which Could Be a Disaster for the Earth

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When they're scurrying across your picnic blanket, stinging a crying child, or sucking your blood, insects may not be your favorite animal. But insects are extremely important to ecosystems worldwide, and according to a new report, more than 40 percent of insect species are on the path to extinction. Here's what you need to know about this alarming new report, and what you can do to help preserve insect populations.

The report, published by Elsevier's journal Biological Conservation and circulated by ScienceDirect.com, asserts that the "biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide." To conduct the study, researchers from The University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences reviewed 73 reports chronicling the decline of insect populations all over the world, and analyzed the data.