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A Solar Power Threat to Birds 
While the threat to birds from wind power generation installations is widely recognized, less is said about the hazards solar power facilities pose to avians. The Los Angeles Times went to the Mojave Desert to assess the carnage at such a facility: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-solar-bird-deaths-20160831-snap-story.html#

New Mapping of Appalachian Surface Mining 
Using new mapping technology, researchers developed a unique perspective of the impact surface mining has had on the region. The numbers and their meaning leave a stark impression, as the Smithsonian recounts: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-chronicles-three-decades-surface-mining-appalachia-180969794/

New Pesticides Pose Same Threat to Bees 
With neonicotinoid insecticides coming under fire for damaging effects on pollinators, sulfoximine-based insecticides are being promoted as their replacements. Unfortunately, recent research suggests this new class of insecticides will offer little, if any, relief to pollinator populations. Ars Technica explains: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/theres-a-new-insecticide-on-the-block-and-its-also-bad-news-for-bees/