01 Apr '11, 8pm

Why fighting the bat-killing white-nose syndrome makes economic sense:

Why fighting the bat-killing white-nose syndrome makes economic sense:

The post-hibernation discovery of new cases of white-nose syndrome – the disease that has been devastating US bats – continues with recent reports coming from a new county in Maryland and a first-ever report from Ohio in just the past week. While the news is tragic for those of us who care about bats and wildlife, others may question: what is so bad about losing some bats? After all, bats often get a bad rap being associated with vampires and rabies, for example. For some, losing bats may seem like 'good riddance'. Biologists in today’s Science journal explain, however, why each and every one of us should care about this unprecedented die-off of bats. In their paper titled, “Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture,” the scientists estimate that the loss of bats in the US could lead to agricultural losses of at least $3.7 billion and up to $53 billion a year . You see, a...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sfallon/dollars_and_bat...

Tweets

Bats worth billions

Bats worth billions

news.mongabay.com 03 Apr '11, 6pm

'Stopgap’ to preserve US bats from devastating fungus (03/05/2009) Half a million bats have succumbed to a mysterious fung...

Holy Batman! Bats Worth Up to $53 Billion to American Economy

Holy Batman! Bats Worth Up to $53 Billion to Am...

treehugger.com 01 Apr '11, 10pm

Since 2006, more than a million bats have died due to a fungal disease called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). At the same time,...

Investing in Women’s Economic Opportunities at ExxonMobil: Lorie Jackson

Investing in Women’s Economic Opportunities at ...

triplepundit.com 04 Apr '11, 9am

“The research says that investing in women is one of the most single, high-impact, sustainable investments you can make in...