The major groups of insects responsible for pollination are particularly sensitive to warming, and insects, vital to ecosystems, will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections

Damian Carrington Environment editor, The Guardian, Thu 17 May 2018, Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn  The famous migration of the North American monarch butterfly is one of the most well-documented examples of an insect species affected by climate change. Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already …

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.  By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Mon 21 May 2018   A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life …

Guns and fatality reduction: Americans make up less than 5% the world’s population yet have 31% of the mass shootings and own roughly 42% of all the world’s privately held firearms

Excerpt from Vox.com, May 2018 After controlling for variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime, places with more guns have more gun deaths. A 2013 study, led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher, found that, after controlling for multiple variables, each percentage point increase in gun ownership correlated with a roughly 0.9 percent rise in the firearm …

America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending.

La Croix, April 2018 excerpt In contrast to Russia and China, the war industry in the US is heavily privatized, including the use of mercenaries. First, some statistical context. America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending. It is bigger than the next 15 biggest countries’ combined …