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Resource Documents: Environment (275 items)


Unless indicated otherwise, documents presented here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch. These resource documents are shared here to assist anyone wishing to research the issue of industrial wind power and the impacts of its development. The information should be evaluated by each reader to come to their own conclusions about the many areas of debate. • The copyrights reside with the sources indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations.

Date added:  February 17, 2024
Contracts, Environment, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

8 Steps Used by Windpower Developers to Create Agreements

Author:  van Warmerdam, Carl

People who believe that offshore wind turbines can help solve climate change are misinformed. Because the facts are that they will not. Even the companies building them make no such claim. And the truth, based on facts, will always trump belief. I am not a climate denier, but you don’t have to be a climate denier to know that these things are bad and are doomed to failure. And you also don’t have to be linked to the fossil fuel . . .

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Date added:  January 4, 2024
Aesthetics, Environment, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Some Sobering Facts – Viking Energy Wind Farm

Author:  Permar, Roxane

I go through phases when I’m obsessed with facts about the Viking Energy Wind Farm in Shetland. Perhaps this compulsion to collect information is fuelled by my disbelief – I cannot comprehend the scale; I cannot understand the way some people, including those who gave the green light for consent here in Shetland, unthinkingly accept information without questioning the veracity of the facts, from the potential consequences of the human and environmental impact involved as well as the ethics behind . . .

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Date added:  December 2, 2023
Environment, Massachusetts, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Potential Hydrodynamic Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Nantucket Shoals Regional Ecology: An Evaluation from Wind to Whales

Author:  Committee on Evaluation of Hydrodynamic Modeling and Implications for Offshore Wind Development; and Ocean Studies Board

The transition to renewable energy has spurred many efforts to scale up the U.S. portfolio of efficient clean energy resources, including the development of offshore wind farms. The Nantucket Shoals region off the coast of Massachusetts is the first large scale wind farm installation under development in U.S. waters. To ensure Nantucket Shoals region offshore wind energy installations are being planned, constructed, and developed in an environmentally responsible way, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) asked the National Academies . . .

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Date added:  October 1, 2023
Australia, Economics, Environment, Noise, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Key environmental factors for offshore windfarm environmental impact assessment

Author:  Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, AustraliaDepartment of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Australia

Underwater noise – Mortality, injury and behavioural effects Turbine interactions – Injury and mortality to birds and bats Electromagnetic fields Seabed disturbance – Loss of/harm to benthic habitats Disturbance of underwater cultural heritage Physical presence – Effects on hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes Physical presence – Barrier effects and displacement of marine fauna Light emissions Vessel interactions – Injury and mortality to marine fauna Invasive marine species Physical presence – Socioeconomic: interference/displacement of existing uses Physical presence – Socioeconomic: seascapes . . .

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