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GM Aiding Bat Population with Waste Products

General Motors Corp. (GM) is using a manufacturing waste byproduct and used battery covers to help the bat population.

An excess adhesive used in the production of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is being used as an artificial stalactite that has shown promise to help against White-Nose Syndrome, which has killed more than 5.7 million bats in the United States and Canada, the Detroit-based GM said in a news release. The artificial stalactite in a bat cave can provide hibernating bats more surface area to hang. White-Nose Syndrome, a fungus, causes bats to wake too frequently from hibernation, leading to death.

GM also creates bat houses out of scrap Chevrolet Volt battery covers that can hold up to 150 little brown bats each. So far, 232 of the bat houses have been installed on its properties and other locations in the United States. The design also can be modified for various birds.


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