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LogoJanuary 5, 2013
by Clive Hambler

Wind farms vs wildlife

The shocking environmental cost of renewable energy

Bats

"Every year in Spain alone — according to research by the conservation group SEO/Birdlife — between 6 and 18 million birds and bats are killed by wind farms. They kill roughly twice as many bats as birds. This breaks down as approximately 110–330 birds per turbine per year and 200–670 bats per year. And these figures may be conservative if you compare them to statistics published in December 2002 by the California Energy Commission: ‘In a summary of avian impacts at wind turbines by Benner et al (1993) bird deaths per turbine per year were as high as 309 in Germany and 895 in Sweden.’ "

"Wind farms not only reduce habitat size but create ‘population sinks’ — zones which attract animals and then kill them. My colleague Mark Duchamp suggests birds are lured in because they see the turbines as perching sites and also because wind towers (because of the grass variations underneath) seem to attract more prey. The turbines also attract bats, whose wholesale destruction poses an ever more serious conservation concern."

Full article: Wind farms vs wildlife | The Spectator | January 5, 2013

Clive Hambler also co-wrote this excellent book:

ConservationConservation

2nd Edition

by: Clive Hambler, University of Oxford,
Susan M. Canney, University of Oxford.

This book is a breath of fresh air. At a time when venerable organisations, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Audubon Society or Birds Australia, have lost their ways between global warming and the deep pockets of the wind industry, Clive Hambler and Susan Canney bring the conservation debate back on its tracks.

A must read for anyone interested in saving their country's biodiversity, "Conservation" should be made mandatory reading for students in biology, ornithology, and for bird society executives.

Buy the book: Cambridge University Press


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