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The best reason to protect bats isn't environmental — it's economic | The Week Magazine

The best reason to protect bats isn't environmental — it's economic | The Week Magazine | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Bats, let's face it, are kind of creepy. But they're vitally important, not only to their ecosystems, but also to local economies.

There are more than 1,200 different bat species in existence, and about two-thirds of them eat insects. By chowing down on bugs, they provide free pest-control services that save farmers tons of cash — in the billions of dollars, according to one estimate — in crop damage and insecticide costs.

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WATCH: Video of the rare millipede with a record-breaking 750 legs | The Week Magazine

WATCH: Video of the rare millipede with a record-breaking 750 legs | The Week Magazine | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Scientists rediscover an astoundingly leggy bug they once believed to be extinct...
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