Midnight In The Desert — Ecology

Ireland’s first-ever bat bridge constructed over new motorway

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Ireland’s first-ever bat bridge constructed over new motorway

The project engineer for the motorway, Tony Collins, “green overpass” has been specifically designed as a flight corridor to channel bats across the bridge. It will allow lesser horseshoe bats to safely cross the motorway to feeding grounds at Coole Park and a roosting site at Kiltartan Cave which were separated by the motorway. The bridge has been planted with hedgerow vegetation to “guide bats to and from the bat bridge,” Mr Collins added. Kieran Flood, Conservation Officer for the Irish Wildlife Trust, welcomed the construction of the bridge and the incorporation of wildlife crossings into infrastructure designs in Ireland....

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China Has Officially Started Building the World's First 'Forest City'

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China Has Officially Started Building the World's First 'Forest City'

The world's first 'Forest City,' created to fight pollution, is now under construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, a team that develops green projects all around the world, the futuristic Forest City will be home to a community of about 30,000 people. It will be covered in greenery, including nearly 1 million plants of more than 100 species and 40,000 trees that together absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants, and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen annually. As a result, Forest City will help to decrease the average air...

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Beyond Trump vs Clinton: A scientist’s guide to the US election

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Beyond Trump vs Clinton: A scientist’s guide to the US election

The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is dominating the discussion about the upcoming US election, but it’s not the only contest to watch on 8 November. Choices that voters make will influence other levels of government — and some of these decisions will steer the course of science and science policy. Will Congress change hands? Winning the White House is only half the battle for the next president. The political balance of the two houses of Congress — the US House of Representatives and the Senate — can determine whether a president’s policies become law or die...

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Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Tons of Food without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels or Groundwater

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Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Tons of Food without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels or Groundwater

Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Tons of Food without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels or Groundwater 1The world’s first farm to use seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of a desert just opened. Using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power, and desalinated water, Sundrop Farms situated in Port Augusta – a desert area in Australia – works agricultural voodoo. Without resorting to pesticides, needing to rely on rainfall, or turning to fossil fuels to power their 20-hectare farm, their system is proving to be a sustainable show-boat for growing food in new ways. Sundrop’s ability to carry...

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Feral Cats Are an Ecological Disaster

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Feral Cats Are an Ecological Disaster

If you’re like me, your brain is so riddled with cat virus that you never want to hear anything negative about our whiskered overlords. But sometimes, the truth is so dark it simply begs to be thrust into the light. This is one of those times. Cats are an ecological disaster—they’re shaping up to be one of the biggest contributors to the sixth mass extinction. A global analysis published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences finds that feral cats have helped drive at least 63 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles into the dirt over...

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