WORLD - Everyday, 30 species of insects disappear from the face of the planet. A quarter of European invertebrates are now on the verge of extinction and, in some areas, the reduction in insect biomass reached 75 per cent in just 27 years.

To understand how this affects mankind we travelled to Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. And, in all geographies, scientists seem to agree that a biodiversity catastrophe is underway. ‘Insect decline: micro-story of a global disaster’ tells us how phenomenons like droughts, forest fires, agriculture plagues are also a consequence of insect decline. How we can be facing a rise in food costs. But it also explains who biologists are running against time to reverse the invisible tragedy that is happening in plain sight.

This series of articles were made with the support of The Earth Investigations Programme of Journalismfund.eu.

Team members

Sanne Derks

Sanne Derks is an independent award-winning documentary photojournalist and National Geographic Explorer based In the Netherlands, mainly focusing on social documentary projects in Latin America.

Sanne Derks

Ricardo J. Rodrigues

Ricardo J. Rodrigues is a Portuguese journalist based in Luxembourg. He’s a grand reporter for Mediahuis and a contributing writer to publications in Brazil, France, Portugal, Spain and the United States

Ricardo Da Silva Rodrigues

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