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Resource Documents: Impacts (129 items)
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Author: Stevens, T.K.; Hale, A.M.; Karsten, K.B.; and Bennett, V.J.
Abstract – Wind energy development is rapidly increasing within breeding and wintering ranges of many grassland birds in North America. Despite recognized environmental benefits of such development, wind farms have the potential to negatively impact bird communities. Using an area-search method, we surveyed grassland birds within a matrix of pastures, hay fields, and agricultural lands at a wind facility in north-central Texas during the winters of 2009/10 and 2010/11. We used binary logistic regression to examine the effect of distance from . . .More »
Author: Rydell, Jens; et al.
Abstract – We reviewed published and unpublished written reports on bat mortality at wind farms in northwestern Europe. The estimated number of bats killed per turbine annually was relatively low (0–3) on flat, open farmland away from the coast, higher (2–5) in more complex agricultural landscapes, and highest (5–20) at the coast and on forested hills and ridges. The species killed almost exclusively (98%) belonged to a group (Nyctalus, Pipistrellus, Vespertilio and Eptesicus spp.) adapted for open-air foraging. The bats were . . .More »
Author: Velilla, Estefania; Collinson, Eleanor; Bellato, Laura; Berg, Matty; and Halfwerk, Wouter
[abstract] Human activities often impact the sensory environment of organisms. Wind energy turbines are a fast-growing potential source of anthropogenic vibrational noise that can affect soil animals sensitive to vibrations and thereby alter soil community functioning. Larger soil animals, such as earthworms (macrofauna, > 1 cm in size), are particularly likely to be impacted by the low-frequency turbine waves that can travel through soils over large distances. Here we examine the effect of wind turbine-induced vibrational noise on the abundance of soil . . .More »
Author: Epstein, Alex
If a company has a TV set that’s as good as others, but cheaper, they win by selling their cheaper TVs on the market. They don’t ask government to ban other TVs, to mandate their TV, or to give them hundreds of billions of dollars.More »