Wind industry backs research on bat concerns including White-Nose Syndrome
Time magazine's blog has a short piece today on the economic impact from White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), the fungal disease that has been devastating colonies of bats in the Northeastern U.S.
The article correctly notes that bats have an important role in agriculture, because of the fact that they consume billions of insect pests annually, and cites an estimate of "at least" $3.7 billion per year for the value of this "service."
Quite aside from the question of economic value, the loss of any species reduces biodiversity and the health of the natural environment upon which we all depend. Because some bat species are harmed by wind turbine collisions, the wind energy industry has taken a special interest in bats in general.
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