Scientists' warning on climate change and insects

Harvey, Jeffrey A., Tougeron, Kévin, Gols, Rieta, Heinen, Robin, Abarca, Mariana, Abram, Paul K., Basset, Yves, Berg, Matty, Boggs, Carol, Brodeur, Jacques, Cardoso, Pedro, de Boer, Jetske G., De Snoo, Geert R., Deacon, Charl, Dell, Jane E., Desneux, Nicolas, Dillon, Michael E., Duffy, Grant A., Dyer, Lee A., Ellers, Jacintha, Espíndola, Anahí, Fordyce, James, Forister, Matthew L., Fukushima, Caroline, Gage, Matthew J.G, García‐Robledo, Carlos, Gely, Claire, Gobbi, Mauro, Hallmann, Caspar, Hance, Thierry, Harte, John, Hochkirch, Axel, Hof, Christian, Hoffmann, Ary A., Kingsolver, Joel G., Lamarre, Greg P. A., Laurance, William F., Lavandero, Blas, Leather, Simon R., Lehmann, Philipp, Le Lann, Cécile, López‐Uribe, Margarita M., Ma, Chun‐Sen, Ma, Gang, Moiroux, Joffrey, Monticelli, Lucie, Nice, Chris, Ode, Paul J., Pincebourde, Sylvain, Ripple, William J., Rowe, Melissah, Samways, Michael J., Sentis, Arnaud, Shah, Alisha A., Stork, Nigel, Terblanche, John S., Thakur, Madhav P., Thomas, Matthew B., Tylianakis, Jason M., Van Baaren, Joan, van de Pol, Martijn, Van der Putten, Wim H., Van Dyck, Hans, Verberk, Wilco C. E. P., Wagner, David L., Weisser, Wolfgang W., Wetzel, William C., Woods, H. Arthur, Wyckhuys, Kris A. G., and Chown, Steven L. (2023) Scientists' warning on climate change and insects. Ecological Monographs, 93 (1). e1553.

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Abstract

Climate warming is considered to be among the most serious of anthropogenic stresses to the environment, because it not only has direct effects on biodiversity, but it also exacerbates the harmful effects of other human-mediated threats. The associated consequences are potentially severe, particularly in terms of threats to species preservation, as well as in the preservation of an array of ecosystem services provided by biodiversity. Among the most affected groups of animals are insects—central components of many ecosystems—for which climate change has pervasive effects from individuals to communities. In this contribution to the scientists' warning series, we summarize the effect of the gradual global surface temperature increase on insects, in terms of physiology, behavior, phenology, distribution, and species interactions, as well as the effect of increased frequency and duration of extreme events such as hot and cold spells, fires, droughts, and floods on these parameters. We warn that, if no action is taken to better understand and reduce the action of climate change on insects, we will drastically reduce our ability to build a sustainable future based on healthy, functional ecosystems. We discuss perspectives on relevant ways to conserve insects in the face of climate change, and we offer several key recommendations on management approaches that can be adopted, on policies that should be pursued, and on the involvement of the general public in the protection effort.

Item ID: 77207
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1557-7015
Copyright Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. © 2022 The Authors. Ecological Monographs published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of The Ecological Society of America.
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2023 01:16
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310308 Terrestrial ecology @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310913 Invertebrate biology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1905 Understanding climate change > 190507 Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts) @ 100%
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