"There is great concern that the number of insects is decreasing," Dr van Vliet said.I can see the ad slogans now. "Kill your speed, not a creepy-crawly", or how about "Save the bugs, catch a bus"?
Over the past six weeks, an analysis of information from 250 drivers was used to plot the total number of bugs killed by more than 7 million Dutch cars driving an estimated distance of 200.4 billion kilometres every year.
"On just the [number] plates, 3.3 billion bugs are killed. The front of the car is at least 40 times as large as the surface of the plate. Over a month, the cars hit 133 billion insects. Using the same statistics, British drivers, with 31 million cars, inadvertently kill up to 7 trillion insects every year."
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Won't somebody please think of the insects!