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The End of Insects? Vt. Scientists Discuss Mass Extinction

A report warns that 40 percent of all insect species are facing extinction.
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A report warns that 40 percent of all insect species are facing extinction.

Scientists are warning of a staggering decline in insect population and diversity, with over 40 percent of all species at risk of extinction. That could have huge impacts on the wider ecosystem, and on human agriculture and the economy. We're talking about what — if anything — can be done, on large and small scales, to address the looming die-off.

Joining Vermont Edition for the discussion are:

  • Mark Ferguson, a zoologist at the Fish and Wildlife Department
  • Bryan Pfeiffer, a field entomologist and writer
  • Leif Richardson, an ecologist at UVM's Gund Institute for Environment and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources whose work focuses on plants, pollinators and the consequences of bee declines.

Broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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