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As temperatures rise, so do insects’ appetites for corn, rice and wheat

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posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 11:16 AM

With temperatures creeping up as the climate warms, those very hungry caterpillars could get even hungrier, and more abundant. Crop losses to pests may grow.

Insects will be “eating more of our lunch,” says Curtis Deutsch of the University of Washington in Seattle. Based on how heat revs up insect metabolism and reproduction, he and his colleagues estimate that each degree Celsius of warming temperatures means an extra 10 to 25 percent of damage to wheat, maize and rice. Their prediction appears in the Aug. 31 Science.

Insects already munch their way through 8 percent of the world’s maize and wheat each year, and damage 14 percent of rice, Deutsch says. If Earth’s average global temperature rises just 2 degrees above preindustrial levels, annual crop losses could reach about 10 percent for maize, 12 percent for wheat and 17 percent for rice. That’s a total loss of about 213 million tons for the three grains combined.

not good news for a hungry world.
lots of us were hoping that pesticides would fix this problem but some insects are immune and many poor farmers can't afford.

there are whispers of genetically engineering bugs, or bug killers, or plants with pesticide genes...but that sort of thing sounds troubling to me.

sad that good bugs (bees) are dying but bad ones thriving.

Tropical insects are often already near the ceiling of their temperature tolerance, where an insect has to cope with so much heat damage that reproduction rates falter. In cooler temperate zones, where wheat is grown, insects have much more leeway to live faster. That makes future wheat especially vulnerable, Deutsch says.

so temperate areas (USA, Canada) more threatened.
well smeg.

edit on Sat Sep 1 2018 by DontTreadOnMe because: fixed title

posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 11:25 AM
Some of the Asian countries have the right idea, just fry up the insects and eat them as well.
Great protein, just gotta get over the "ick factor".
Unfortunately other than pesticides that's about the only viable solution that'll work imo(other than drastic emission reduction but we all know that's not gonna happen...).

posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 11:26 AM
yeah sure whatever, fall came like a month early where I'm at and winter left a month or 2 late

posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 11:49 AM
The bees were not really in danger.

And with the cold winters global warming is supposed to bring us will the bugs not be hit extra hard in the cold?

posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 12:11 PM
We want to talk climate change but it is always changing.... The way we do it today that is different in the past is we do it with political agendas and money making schemes. It is true we are going through a cycle of more extreme weather patterns and man does play a role into that change too. The political money making side of all that is how much does man actually influence it. There are some rather big natural forces at work here that makes man seem rather small but when the term global warming is used it is suggesting that man is the main thing, even the only thing driving climate change.

As example

The Sahara desert was once a tropical jungle. As little as 6,000 years ago, the vast Sahara Desert was covered in grassland that received plenty of rainfall, but shifts in the world's weather patterns abruptly transformed the vegetated region into some of the driest land on Earth.

Where we might be heading in 10 plus years too...

We might be ice skating on the Hudson and Thames every years as they were doing back in the little ice age time.

Little Ice Age (LIA), climate interval that occurred from the early 14th century through the mid-19th century, when mountain glaciers expanded at several ...

The Little Ice Age was caused by the cooling effect of massive volcanic eruptions, and sustained by changes in Arctic ice cover, scientists conclude. An international research team studied ancient plants from Iceland and Canada, and sediments carried by glaciers.

During the height of the Little Ice Age , it was in general about one degree Celsius colder than at present. The Baltic Sea froze over, as did most of the rivers in Europe. Winters were bitterly cold and prolonged, reducing the growing season.

The Little Ice Age occurred just after the Medieval Warming Period extending from the 16th to the 19th century and caused a great deal of problems for life at the time. It mainly occurred in Europe and North America and it caused colder winters increasing starvation and causing famine.

Bottom line: What caused the Little Ice Age, a period of cooling that's generally agreed to have ended in the 19th century. One idea is that decreased radiation from the sun caused this period of widespread cooling on Earth.

The Little Ice Age is a period between about 1300 and 1870 during which Europe and North America were subjected to much colder winters than during the 20th century. The period can be divided in two phases, the first beginning around 1300 and continuing until the late 1400s.

Research has predicted a new solar 'Maunder minimum' in the 2030s. The earth is a few years from a period of low solar activity similar to that last seen during the "mini ice-age" of the 17th century, when the Thames froze.

Must of been the cars...

The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) also known as the Medieval Climate Optimum, or Medieval Climatic Anomaly was a time of warm climate in the North Atlantic region that may have been related to other warming events in other regions during that time, including China and other areas, lasting from c. 950 to c. 1250.

Climate scientists now understand that the Medieval Warm Period was caused by an increase in solar radiation and a decrease in volcanic activity, which both promote warming. Other evidence suggests ocean circulation patterns shifted to bring warmer seawater into the North Atlantic.

The last great cold cycle, which we know as the Ice Age, ended about 10,000 years ago. During the Ice Age, the Earth's average temperature was about 12 degrees Fahrenheit colder than it is today. That was enough to keep snow from melting during the summers in northern regions.

By this definition, we are in an interglacial period—the Holocene—of the ice age. The ice age began 2.6 million years ago at the start of the Pleistocene epoch, because the Greenland, Arctic, and Antarctic ice sheets still exist.

So in the end what is normal warm we don't know since we saw abnormal cold for a few million years.

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posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 12:13 PM
a reply to: ElGoobero

Alarmist propaganda.

CO2 is airborne fertilzer, we are in the midst of a global greening.

Tell me, what would be the consequences of two degrees of global cooling?

posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 12:15 PM

originally posted by: RumpleStiltskin

Tell me, what would be the consequences of two degrees of global cooling?

1 degree is little ice age 12 degrees is the big ice age.

posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 12:30 PM
a reply to: ElGoobero

Not all the characters in that hyperlink thread title are showing up in the "New Threads" page.

posted on Sep, 1 2018 @ 05:19 PM
a reply to: ElGoobero

Bugs gotta eat too! There is a purpose for all things on the earth- even bugs! pesticides are becoming more harmful to humans than they are to the insects, so farmers need to go back to the old ways.

Did you know if you collect cigarette butts in a 5 gallon bucket and mix with water you can sprinkle the water around the perimeter of your rows and it will keep pests (rodents, insects, snakes, etc.) away? See? There's a purpose for smokers as well!

posted on Sep, 2 2018 @ 02:36 PM
a reply to: ElGoobero

Simple to verify. Annual temperature in San Antonio is 18 degrees C warmer than in Edmonton. Summer temperatures are 12 degrees C warmer, so insect losses in Texas should be 120-300% alternatively 180-450% greater. If degrees F is intended multiply by 1.8.

It would seem that agriculture is actually impossible in Texas, though nobody has noticed.

posted on Sep, 2 2018 @ 03:54 PM
let the insects have all of it. It would do a body good.

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