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Old 05-23-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Save Birds by Promoting Wind Energy
9 May, 2009 10:53 am
A new study shows that wind farms and nuclear power plants are substantially better for avian wildlife than fossil-fueled power stations.

Save Birds by Promoting Wind Energy - Scitizen
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One could be tempted to think, after reading the more than 600 studies about wind farms and the deaths of birds and bats read by this author the past year, that the evidence linking wind turbines with avian mortality is indisputable.

Birds, for instance, can directly crash into a turbine blade when they are fixated on perching or hunting and pass through its rotor plane; they can strike its support structure; they can hit part of its tower; or they can collide with its associated transmission and distribution lines.

We are told that these risks are exacerbated when turbines are placed on ridges and upwind slopes, built close to migration routes, or operated during periods of poor visibility such as fog, rain, and at night. Some species, such as bats, face additional risks from the rapid reduction in air pressure near turbine blades, which can cause internal hemorrhaging through a process known as barotraumas. Indirectly, wind farms can positively and negatively physically alter natural habitats, the quantity and quality of prey, and the availability of nesting sites.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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Ya... uh huh. The author of that article is Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool of Singapore. Looks like a bid to avoid having to incur the expense of shutting down wind farms during peek migration as well as a bid to avoid the costs of having to install new technology.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:55 PM   #3
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Follow the money. For every finger they point at other energy sources, there are four more pointing right back at them.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:09 AM   #4
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I read the link. I know renewable energy is better for ALL wildlife and people. But boy! do birds have a tough life. :eek:
I'm sure they'll adapt and learn to avoid them.
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Unfortunately, they aren't adapting and they aren't learning to avoid them.
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