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Is the insect apocalypse really upon us? • The Atlantic
Ed Yong:
<p>In their review, Sánchez-Bayo and Wyckhuys found 73 studies showing insect declines.

But that’s what they went looking for! They searched a database using the keywords insect and decline, and so wouldn’t have considered research showing stability or increases. The studies they found aren’t representative either: most were done in Europe and North America, and the majority of insects live in the tropics. This spotty geographical spread makes it hard to know if insects are disappearing from some areas but recovering or surging in others. And without “good baselines for population sizes,” says Jessica Ware from Rutgers University, “when we see declines, it’s hard to know if this is something that happens all the time.”

It’s as if “our global climate dataset only involved 73 weather stations, mostly in Europe and the United States, active over different historical time windows,” explained Alex Wild from the University of Texas at Austin on Twitter. “Imagine that only some of those stations measured temperature. Others, only humidity. Others, only wind direction. Trying to cobble those sparse, disparate points into something resembling a picture of global trends is ambitious, to say the least.”

For those reasons, it’s hard to take the widely quoted numbers from Sánchez-Bayo and Wyckhuys’s review as gospel. They say that 41% of insect species are declining and that global numbers are falling by 2.5% a year, but “they’re trying to quantify things that we really can’t quantify at this point,” says Michelle Trautwein from the California Academy of Sciences.</p>

Useful nuance, but it's still concerning unless we're going to train cockroaches to fertilise all the crops.
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2 days ago by charlesarthur
Radio Nowhere
Dean finds an old radio and someone to connect to on the other end. Funnily enough, so does Sam.
spn  au  pairing:none  character:Sam  character:Dean  character:Bobby  genre:gen  genre:angst  hurt!Dean  season_2  apocalypse  5.000-10.000  via:somersault1509 
3 days ago by butterflykiki
galaxysoup: Hail Mary
Take one newly human ex-angel on the run from Heaven. Combine with one mysteriously resurrected and increasingly pissed off Mary Winchester. Add overtones of Apocalypse. Shake well.

S9 AU. I still can't believe this got Kripke'd, but that's SPN fandom for you. This one definitely wins my heart on the basis of Mary and Cas's beautiful friendship.
fic  supernatural  gen  au  friendship  apocalypse  h/c  action/adventure  >100K  +2013-10 
5 days ago by spatz
What does it mean to be alive right now? Right now. Right this second, right this epoch, as mankind alters the Earth beyond recognition.
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15 days ago by therourke
Don’t Blame Amazon for the Retail Apocalypse - Barron's
The real problem for bricks-and-mortar stores is that Americans have shifted their dollars to technology, restaurants, and tuition. Read the full story
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29 days ago by neerajsinghvns
x-men: first class kink meme, charles/erik; zombie apocalypse
This is the smallest comfort he has left to offer – reaching inside Erik’s mind, switching off the nerve connections that cause him pain, one by one, like switching off the lights inside his home for the last time.
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