Our grandchildren will not see bees, butterflies, beetles and spiders.
Frogs, lizards and salamanders will be gone too.
The alarming decline in insects is even worse than previously reported, according to a new study.
Scientists doing research in a pristine rain forest in Puerto Rico found severe reductions in the number of insects, along with the lizards and birds that feed upon them, according to a Washington Post article.
The falloff was linked to climate change, the newspaper said.
Following a UN report last week that humanity has 12 years to forestall the worst effects of climate change, the loss of insect life is further evidence that the world needs a major effort like the Manhattan Project or World War II mobilization to reduce carbon emissions.
The Wall Street Journal's masters of specious reasoning sought to undermine the UN report in an editorial Tuesday.
Even ExxonMobil's support of a carbon tax drew rhetorical darts from the newspaper's furrow-browed munchkins.
Why fight climate change? In the long run, we'll all be dead was the newspaper's message.
Disputing the UN's call for concentrated government action, the newspaper editorial and a related op-ed piece put faith in the market to solve the problem, not that there really is one.
Perhaps the newspaper can now oppose research to cure cancer.