“Nature is under siege,” declares the introductory article of the PNAS Special Feature on “The Global Decline of Insects in the Anthropocene.” In an era of elevated atmospheric CO2 levels, intense industrial agriculture, and increasing urbanization, it is no surprise that according to a 2019 United Nations report, around 1 million plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. Half of those threatened are insects.

The PNAS Special Feature offers a collection of 12 original articles including original research, literature reviews, and perspective pieces by entomologists on the alarming phenomenon of global insect decline. …

Jared Dyer

Entomology Master's student | Science Writer & Fiction Author | Writes about animals, nature, & the people who study them

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