Oh Shit Monday

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California Prionus Beetle isolated on white – legs and belly up.

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.

Insect population collapses have recently been reported in Germany and Puerto Rico, but the review strongly indicates the crisis is global. The researchers set out their conclusions in unusually forceful terms for a peer-reviewed scientific paper: “The [insect] trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet.

Damian Carrington @ THE GUARDIAN

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21 Responses to Oh Shit Monday

  1. Micki says:

    Oh Shit Monday is….Oh! So fitting!

    SNOW SNOW GO AWAY!

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  2. °¿º Carol says:

    It snowed here last night, about 3 inches. I shoveled the deck, walkway and a path to the bird feeders. Only had to push the light and fluffy stuff, one of those easy snowfalls.

    About to dry my hair and head to the library.

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  3. Den says:

    No snow here, yet, 35 degrees F, brrrr!

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  4. Carol says:

    Shoveled off the deck and walkway, and by the end of the day it was clear and drier than dirt. Didn’t even make it to 30° today yet the snow is creeping away.

    The birds are really happy out there, I think they’re feeling spring in the air.

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  5. Carol says:

    Clicked to make another comment, my email address and name didn’t stick again? What’s with that, I wonder?

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  6. Carol says:

    I made two more comments, and now they’re gone?

    I complained that your page forgot my email address and name. Tried another comment, had to put my email address and name in again! What’s going on, I wonder.

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  7. Carol says:

    LOOK! Now that I wrote another post because the other two were missing, the two missing ones are back after I refreshed this page.

    And I STILL have to put my email address and name in AGAIN.

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  8. Carol says:

    OMG, now the last comment I made has disappeared. Will this one stick?

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  9. Den says:

    WordPress might be having issues, they keep messing with stuff tring to new and improve it but it just makes it worse sometimes. Sometimes if you restart your computer things straighten out, sometimes not.

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  10. David B. Benson says:

    Snow, endless snow, falls faster than the removal crews can handle it all. Again a 21 minute minor mountain climb to the Hillside Cafe.

    Is pretty, falling flakes, tho’,

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  11. Micki says:

    Let’s see if my comment is eaten, spit out, digested, or________________?

    Thought for the end of the day: Will Oh Shit Monday…turn into More Shit Tuesday?

    I’m sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tired of this wintry onslaught! Enough already.

    But, it is pretty. 😉

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  12. Micki Jackson says:

    Nope. Didn’t get eaten. And no need to key in name, etc.

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  13. Den says:

    No one has ever mapped a persons’ soul or proven it’s existence but there is a force that drives us through our daily lives, a place containing the good and the bad of ones existence. You know it’s there. What is it in ones soul that produces a Pope or a Pirate? The keys rest in the core of it all. All the past physical existences combined define the now, who you are minus your skeleton.

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  14. Den says:

    Quit messing with the light switch Igor! :

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