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

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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 people how to coexist with an animal that many consider the stuff of nightmares.

Wyoming embraces wind energy, and the jobs that come with it

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In Wyoming, the top coal-producing state in America, wind now provides 10 times more energy than it did a decade ago, and that may just be the beginning.

Indicators for Local Energy Resilience

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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 to set goals, inform plans, and develop policies to increase the energy resilience of their communities.

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

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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.

On Our Lands: Indigenous Bolivians Take Control Of Their Forests

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The second-place winner in the 2017 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest examines how indigenous groups in the Bolivian Amazon are sustainably managing their territories in a way that preserves forests and provides livelihoods to the region’s families.

Temperature anomalies arranged by country 1900 – 2016

Temperature anomalies arranged by country 1900 - 2016.

According to Vox, Antti Lipponen, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, used publicly available data from NASA to demonstrate the rising temperatures across the world.

Nighttime pollination under threat from light pollution

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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 LED street lights over plots of cabbage thistle in the remote meadows of the Bernese Prealps.