Sunday, 26 August 2012

Bats threatened by climate change


Climate change threatens the future of a significant number of bat species.
Bats have already suffered due to changing temperatures, according to a study published in Mammal Review.
That change is "alarming" say the report's authors, but worse is expected as temperatures rise further.
The foraging and feeding, roosting, range sizes and reproduction of bats will all be affected, while extreme weather and disease will also impact many bat species, they say.
More than one in five mammal species are bats, which are considered ecologically and economically important, due to their ability to pollinate and disperse the seeds of a great many plants.

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