Everyone should take the time to read what Mr Lynas has to say about wind turbines and their adverse affect upon wildlife, in particular large birds of prey in many countries. Because the original article is covered by copy right Raptor Politics has provided a link below to the complete article. We would like to express our thanks to one of our many readers for bringing this story to the notice of Raptor Politics. May we also draw your attention to the many comments below the original article which we also feel are worth reading…..
All the conventional ‘green’ scenarios for reducing carbon emissions include a dramatic upscaling in renewable power generated by wind, both on and offshore. However, the environmental impacts of this large-scale industrial deployment – both of turbines and power lines, frequently in relatively natural areas – are often neglected by climate campaigners. Here two ‘planetary boundaries’ conflict: those of biodiversity and climate change.
That some wind farms kill worrying numbers of birds, especially large birds like raptors, is undeniable – yet the wind industry does its best to downplay the impacts. As the American Wind Energy Association puts it: Wind power is far less harmful to birds than the fossil fuels it displaces. Incidental losses of individual birds at turbine sites will always be an extremely small fraction of bird deaths caused by human activities.
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