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Scientists' warning on climate change and insects

Rieta Gols
Robin Heinen
Mariana Abarca
Paul Abram
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Yves Basset
Matty Berg
Carol Boggs
Jacques Brodeur
Pedro Cardoso
Jetske de Boer
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Geert de Snoo
Charl Deacon
Jane Dell
Michael Dillon
Grant Duffy
Lee Dyer
Jacintha Ellers
Anahí Espíndola
James Fordyce
Matthew Forister
Caroline Fukushima
Matthew Gage
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Carlos García-Robledo
Claire Gely
Mauro Gobbi
Caspar Hallmann
Thierry Hance
John Harte
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Axel Hochkirch
Christian Hof
Ary Hoffmann
Joel Kingsolver
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Greg Lamarre
William Laurance
Blas Lavandero
Simon Leather
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Philipp Lehmann
Cécile Le Lann
Margarita López-Uribe
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Chun‐sen Ma
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Gang Ma
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Lucie Monticelli
Chris Nice
Paul Ode
William Ripple
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Melissah Rowe
Michael Samways
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Alisha Shah
Nigel Stork
John Terblanche
Madhav Thakur
Matthew Thomas
Jason Tylianakis
Martijn van de Pol
Wim van der Putten
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Hans van Dyck
Wilco Verberk
David Wagner
Wolfgang Weisser
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William Wetzel
H. Arthur Woods
Kris Wyckhuys
Steven Chown


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.
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Jeffrey Harvey, Kévin Tougeron, Rieta Gols, Robin Heinen, Mariana Abarca, et al.. Scientists' warning on climate change and insects. Ecological monographs, 2023, pp.e1553. ⟨10.1002/ecm.1553⟩. ⟨hal-03882544⟩
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