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Like birds, bats migrate and most of the hibernating bats in Connecticut travel to New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. In caves in New York, biologists have discovered that WNS has killed just about 100 percent of hibernating bats. About a million bats in the Northeast stats have perished this winter.
Originally posted by The Godfather of Conspira
reply to post by mortje
Bats are insectivores, meaning their diet consists solely of a wide variety of insects like mosquitos, flies, moths, etc...
If Bats disappeared off the face of the Earth, insect populations would bloom significantly.
But as I said before, take this article, and it's "Gloom & Doom" mentality with a grain of salt.
All of this unsubstantiated rumouring as of now.
Death From Above for Plankton
By Jackie Grom
ScienceNOW Daily News
10 March 2009
Nutrient-rich particles sifting out of the atmosphere can be a boon for phytoplankton, the tiny floating algae that support ocean food webs. But new research suggests that some particles are poisoning phytoplankton, potentially disrupting marine ecosystems and altering the amount of greenhouse gases withdrawn from the atmosphere.
These atmospheric particles, or aerosols, can be natural or humanmade and include mineral-rich dust, soot, organic molecules, and sea salt crystals.
"If temperature and precipitation are influential in determining West Nile Virus infection risk, such changes would likely increase the burden of this disease in coming decades," the authors note in the study, published online Monday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
In the study, Dr. Jonathan Soverow of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and colleagues at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and the Harvard School of Public Health matched more than 16,000 confirmed West Nile cases in 17 states to local meteorological data.