Image: Part of Table 1 from Pimentel et al. (2005) Ecological Economics.
As a new U.S. president-elect prepares to move into the White House, and as we face an increased need to advocate for science-based federal policies, I thought it would be useful to bring together some fact sheets and articles that have eye-catching stats and/or effective arguments advocating for issues relating to the field of entomology. Many of these I pulled from the Entomological Society of America’s page of position statements. I’ll add more links over the coming days…
- The Entomological Society of America’s position statement on invasive species has some good citeable numbers, and a concisely written background on invasive species, with policy recommendations.
- Bradshaw et al. (2016) outlines some of the costs of invasive insects.
- Paini et al. (2016) focuses on invasive species in agriculture.
- Pimentel et al. (2005) is a bit out-of-date at this point, but it has some big dollar estimates of the impacts of invasive species on things we value, like agricultural production.
- Heimpel et al. (2013) links invasive species to the costs in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Here’s the Entomological Society of America’s position statement on pollinator health.