Neighbors, not nuisances: Advocates explore refuge for bats in cities

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. One Michigan-based organization is asking city dwellers to think of bats as neighbors rather than pests. As bat populations dwindle nationwide, the Organization for Bat Conservation is seeking refuge for them in cities. The organization, based in Pontiac, Michigan, is working with partners in 10 cities, teaching …

Indicators for Local Energy Resilience

Download the document. This paper deals with the interconnection of community resilience and various aspects of energy supply and consumption—what we call local energy resilience. We discuss nine dimensions of local energy resilience (for example, transportation connectivity and thermal performance of buildings) and provide indicators for each of them. Decision makers can use these concepts …

How A Surge in Visitors Is Overwhelming America’s National Parks

Read the full story at E360. The growing crowds at U.S. National Parks have become unmanageable, jeopardizing the natural experience the parks were created to provide. With attendance this summer continuing to shatter records, officials are considering limiting use of the parks in order to save them.

Nighttime pollination under threat from light pollution

Read the full story from Mother Nature Network. Writing in the journal Nature, a group of scientists from Switzerland has identified light pollution as a previously unknown threat to nocturnal insects (beetles, moths and flies) vital in the pollination of crops and wild plants. To study its impact on nighttime communities, the team deployed standard …