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Resource Documents: Impacts (129 items)


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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 5, 2024
Germany, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Forest bat activity declines with increasing wind speed in proximity of operating wind turbines

Author:  Ellerbrok, Julia; Farwig, Nina; Peter, Franziska; and Voigt, Christian

[Abstract] The increasing use of onshore wind energy is leading to an increased deployment of wind turbines in structurally rich habitats such as forests. Forest-affiliated bats, in turn, are at risk of colliding with the rotor blades. Due to the legal protection of bats in Europe, it is imperative to restrict the operation of wind turbines to periods of low bat activity to avoid collisions. However, bats have also been observed to avoid wind turbines over several hundred meters distance, . . .

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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 30, 2023
Health, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

Association between exposure to wind turbines and sleep disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Author:  Godono, Alessandro; et al.

[Abstract] To date, there is scarce evidence on the association between sleep disorders and noise generated by wind turbines. We searched six relevant electronic databases from the inception to May 2023 for relevant articles. The methodological quality of the included articles was evaluated using the US National Institutes of Health tool. Fifteen articles met the inclusion criteria. The overall prevalence of sleep disorders among residents close to wind turbines was 34% (95% Confidence Interval, 0.22-0.47). Univariate meta-regressions for distance and . . .

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