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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Researchers managed to eradicate populations on two islands in Guangzhou province in two years by releasing 200 million insects bombarded with Gamma radiation and dosed with parasites that made them infertile ... Mosquitoes kill more than 700,000 people around the globe each year, according to some studies, which makes them the most deadly creatures of all for humans.

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Yummy yummy Gamma Rays....

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-18 12:50 AM | Reply

I noticed a strange lack of bugs of all kinds in Beijing and Shanghai, even though there was lots of water and humidity. They must spray around cities.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2019-07-18 02:36 AM | Reply

"Why insect populations are plummeting -- and why it matters"

www.nationalgeographic.com

However, as for myself, I hate mosquitoes.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2019-07-18 08:53 AM | Reply

I hate mosquitoes as well, but they serve a roll in the ecosystem whose elimination may result in very bad unintended consequences.

The full beauty of the self regulation of nature is not fully understood.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-07-18 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

but they serve a roll in the ecosystem

Read the article, please.

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-07-18 12:16 PM | Reply

"Mosquito larvae is an important source of food for fish while the fully grown insects also serve as prey for birds."

""Mosquitoes have no place in human-populated areas. The harm they do far exceeds the benefits to the ecological system," Ge said."

The system isn't the problem. The problem is that we are already consuming so many resources on this planet that there are groups of people always fighting to "Save the xxxxx". Now you want to ignore all of those people AND reduce our food supply. Not saying either way is good or bad, just saying there is more to ecological systems than some local fish populations.

#6 | Posted by humtake at 2019-07-18 12:52 PM | Reply

Big deal--here in the US the Trump EPA has approved the use of pesticides which will eradicate those pesky honey bees. Other than pollinate fruit and nut trees and other plants, honey bees never did nothing for Man...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2019-07-18 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My girlfriend's uncle works for the National Institute of Health. He and I were discussing exactly this just last week. He said "Just wait until everyone finds out the progress being made in China." He was on the front lines fighting zika in Florida and Brazil and was quite enthusiastic about this research. As any good scientist would say, "There's still more to find out, but it's very promising."

We had this conversation in rural Minnesota while I was simultaneously being eaten alive by mosquitoes unbeknownst to me (thank you Winona Brewing IPA).

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-18 02:57 PM | Reply

We had this conversation in rural Minnesota while I was simultaneously being eaten alive by mosquitoes unbeknownst to me (thank you Winona Brewing IPA).

#8 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2019-07-18 02:57 PM | FLAG:

I can relate. My one visit to Minnesota turned into quite the mosquito feeding frenzy as well. "Sorry," a native told me. "The Minnesota state bird in action."

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2019-07-18 05:29 PM | Reply

Now to spray those to two legged brainless pests at Trump rally.

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-07-19 07:08 AM | Reply

I remember the Chinese waged war against the sparrow in the 60s and won, then had to reintroduce the bird when the populations of insect pests exploded. Mosquitoes are almost impossible to control in an area that grows rice. Acres of standing water.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-19 07:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills, So you are saying it is easier to kill them than to debate them?

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-19 08:21 AM | Reply

The system isn't the problem. The problem is that we are already consuming so many resources on this planet that there are groups of people always fighting to "Save the xxxxx". Now you want to ignore all of those people AND reduce our food supply. Not saying either way is good or bad, just saying there is more to ecological systems than some local fish populations.

#6 | Posted by humtake

Good thing your genius party thinks birth rates are too low and we need to create more resource-consuming humans.

The best thing anyone can do for the planet is not reproduce.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 02:15 PM | Reply

"The artificially bred mosquitoes will only have an impact in limited areas, and the insects will continue to thrive in the wild, he said."

This is the sort of confident "dont worry about the side effects" statement that scientists always use with new discoveries they're eager to make money from.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 02:19 PM | Reply

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