March 9, 2013 - About My Planet
The human population will be amiss without bats. Bats consume many of the insects that are considered agricultural pests. A study in Texas found that cotton farmers owed a sixth of the value of their crops to the Brazilian free-tailed bats who ate cotton pests. Further, bats are essential to plant propagation – spreading seeds on the forest floor through excrement and rubbing against, then delivering the pollen of flowers
It seems that every single day we have to learn about another animal that is close to extinction. While our planet goes through its sixth major extinction, cause almost exclusively by humans, thousands of species of life are dying and it is expected as much as 50 percent of the lifeforms alive today will be gone by 2100, which will completely alter the eco-systems of the planet. In addition, humans may also go extinct if we do not learn about the delicate balance all life plays on Earth and how much we actually need those lifeforms... http://www.aboutmyplanet.com/environment/fruit-cyrus-close/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Aboutmyplanetcom+%28aboutMyPlanet.com%29
BATS WILL NOT SURVIVE THE WINTER :
In stunning findings, New York area scientists believe that 90% of the local bat population that hibernates in the state’s caves and mines will be dead by the time the snow leaves the ground. While no one is exactly certain of the cause, many of the dead specimens appear underweight and some have white fungal infections. Others have been found to have pneumonia, although scientists believe that this and the fungal infections are secondary to a larger cause. But what possible cause could this be and what sorts of consequences does this have for our environment?
WIND TURBINES ADDED TO LIST OF CONCERNS FOR BATS