Ants, Bats And Birds Evicted For New German Tesla Plant
Sumaira FH 6 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 08:45 PM
US electric car giant Tesla began clearing forest for its first European "Gigafactory" near Berlin Thursday, and is now racing against the clock to rehouse ants, birds and hibernating bat
Berlin, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :US electric car giant Tesla began clearing forest for its first European "Gigafactory" near Berlin Thursday, and is now racing against the clock to rehouse ants, birds and hibernating bats.
The company will have to relocate "forest ants, reptiles and five bats", Tagesspiegel daily wrote Wednesday.
According to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, numerous ant colonies would be dug out with "shovels and little diggers" and relocated way from the plot.
Tesla spokespeople could not immediately be reached for comment on the plans.
Germany's Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) warned that moving the bats in particular would not be easy.
"To disturb the bats as little as possible, they will have to be moved during hibernation," Christiane Schroeder, director of NABU's Brandenburg branch, told the Berliner Zeitung daily last month.
In a recent interview with Tagesspiegel, Brandenburg's state environment minister Axel Vogel praised Tesla's environmentally minded approach.
Tesla had "approached conservationists early and proactively," said the Greens party politician. Co-founder Elon Musk had himself proposed a plan to plant three times as many trees as would be cut down, he added.
But critics have claimed that deforestation could harm wildlife and endanger the drinking water supply.
And environmental protection is not the only hurdle Tesla have faced in Gruenheide.