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NEWS AND OPINION

By Elliott Sharp

Why Local Artists Are Teaming Up to Save Our Dying Bat Population

Bats are the primary predators of nighttime insects, including various kinds of pests that like to ruin crops. They save Pennsylvania farmers about $74 per acre—or about $277.9 million per year. Which means fewer harmful pesticides are used in the foods we eat. But this is all changing for the worse. Large swaths of our bat population are being wiped out by White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungus that grows on the faces and wings of bats.

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Posted May. 23, 2012 | Comments: 6

NEWS AND OPINION

By Randy LoBasso

How Wind Energy Is Sucking the Life Out of Our Bat Population

Wind farms seem to be messing with nature: One unintended consequence of the installation of wind turbines has been a massive increase in bat deaths. Bats seem to be drawn to them, and scientists can’t figure out why. But they do know that the rapid decline in our bat population—which is crucial to general insect control—is really bad news.

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Posted May. 23, 2012 | Comments: 15

ARTS AND CULTURE

By PW Staff

Calendar: May 23-29

Colin Powell, Black Dice and more to see & do this week in Philly.

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Posted May. 23, 2012 | Comments: 0

Letters to the Editor

The first time I heard about this place it sounded like it sucked, glad to hear that’s backed up. If you want Italian food and singing, go to Victor Cafe. The food is better and there’s no weird kitsch like at this place.

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Posted May. 23, 2012 | Comments: 0