The world wouldnt 'end' just nothing more would exsist.
It comes from no source, it's common sense, think about it.
If all bugs died, how would plants reproduce? How would lizards get their food? these animals are connected to much larger - more important food webs than ours.
And if you think about it.. we only take from the environment, although we're trying to give back, it's not working very well.
No source needed, off the top of my head.
Probably less than 50 years. But all life wouldn't end; there are plenty of ecosystems and life forms that can survive without bugs, people included.
It's a chain reaction, not just the animals that are immediately effected :s
True, but bacteria, people, a lot of marine life and hydrothermal vent systems will definetley still survive without bugs.
Most bacteria strive on other animals, I can't remember what it's called.. But you're right.
Although, it wouldn't be much of a 'world' then, would it? :P
I know I wouldn't want to live there.
I'm sure ecosystems would balance out for the best, humans cause plenty of damage to ecosystems.
Humans introduce new species to ecosystems which in this new ecosystem there are no predators for this species which leads to overpopulation which kills of many animals and this affects the ecosystem.
This is one way humans affect ecosystems, this is the type of damage I'm saying we are causing.
Life on earth has survived after several big extinctions in the past, if humans disappear life on earth will probably balance out from the damage we have caused.
Look, the example I gave is one I remember explicitly from my grade 9 biology book. I know for a fact this is a way humans affect the ecosystem.
Use the internet and you will see that people agree and you will find evidence if you really want to.
Well, as I said, there have been extinctions in the past that have destroyed over 95 % of earth's life, and yet the earth flourishes with life today.
Here it is explained that while some ecosystems cannot be restored to their original state in can still be restored. It mentions afforestation which involves reseeding plants; this can be done manually as some efforts by people include but it can also happen naturally.
Ah, I don't know about that.
I don't know how accurate the show 'Life after people' on the history channel is but according to that it'd be fine. Of course the history channel has started showing crappy stuff like jesus being an alien so I don't even know whether to trust anything on the History channel anymore.
Yeah, 50 years is definitely too short.
There's no point to this post, are you trying to say we don't deserve to live on this planet? our species is the most progressive species ever to live.
That may be so, but if you read my first comment, it was saying that there doesnt need to be a source, it's only common sense. Hurp.
It's because we're at the top of the food chain. Nothing eats only humans, like many things eat only bugs.
I think "flourish" is too strong a word for that little of time.
There would still be issues by then. 50 years is nothing in terms of the Earth and life/extinction.
But I do see your point.
I think your claim is silly because you have no reliable sources to back it up. :|
And I'd like to add that this claim can't be based on "common sense".
How do you KNOW what chain reactions each animal causes? Have you studied this in a scientific setting? I doubt it.
Well, take bees for example. We know from observations that their population is declining.
Declining population> less pollination ->less plants grow --> less food ->more animals die.
But there isn't anyone here proving it would cause the world to end.
Well, maybe not in fifty years, and maybe won't cause all the life on earth to die, but there will certainly be some consequence.
I definitely agree that it would result in consequences. I just can't take the post seriously until I get information from a reliable source.
I will trust your statement when I get a source. :/
I'm not saying it isn't true, I just was a source.
That's just the price of being at the top of the food chain. The higher up you go, the less important your presence is to mainaining the system. When you're at the bottom, everything above you depends on your species' survival. It's like a pyramid, if you take of the top piece, nothing much happens but if you take off one of the bottom pieces, everything it was supporting goes with it.
If all bugs died, we would survive. We would still have cows, which eat grass, to eat. We would still have plants to eat.
But a lot of plants would die because bugs play a major role in pollination.
It's because we're at the top of the food chain, and those near the top don't really benefit anyone else. i mean, if all the apes died, not much would happen
I think your post DOES have proof. There are tons of articles about food webs and such. Seriously, it takes basic knowledge of biology to understand this...I've read an article where whole forests have been destroyed because of gypsy moths. There's more to it than the moths, but this is all I feel like fitting in right now.
I believe the source you're looking for is Jonas Salk, a medical researcher and virologist that died in the 90s.
http://earthsouldiers.wordpress.com/eco-quotes/ Pre-dates the OP's comment, moreso when you consider that Salk died in 95.
... You're welcome.
Actually, I'm pretty sure we'd have a lot of issues.
Because of our influence, we've messed up the balance of creatures, so the animal world would be unbalanced.
lol, I'm picturing a bunch of cows just standing around like 'wtf do we do now.... mooooooooooooooooooo...'
You just put that image into my head.
If all humans died today, there would be a huge nuclear apocalypse and THEN the world would flourish.
It wouldn't be a nuclear apocalypse, just a lot of toxic waste/radiation around powerplant sites. It would be like a million Chernobles, but only in places where there are nuclear power plants.
Wouldn't nuclear plants stop working without maintenance? Toxic waste would stay within a powerplant.
No toxic waste needs to be constantly kept at extremely low temperatures for it to be contained, and those cooling systems would fail pretty quickly without human oversight.
Humans are just one species. Insects, or bugs, consist of many. If one type of bug died out, it would not be a disaster. Just like if humans were gone.