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Resource Documents: Environment (272 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:  September 5, 2023
Environment, Taiwan, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental Impact Assessment of Sacrificial Anode Method in Taiwan Strait

Author:  Wen, Chih-Chung; et al.

An offshore wind turbine is set in a highly corrosive marine environment. Its base structure is completely immersed in the seawater. Conventional corrosion prevention methods use both a cathodic protection and a coating method to enhance corrosion protection to protect the structure. Cathodic corrosion protection is an electrochemical process applying the principles of electrochemical cells transforming a metal material into a cathode. There are two types of cathodic protection: “applied current cathodic protection” and “passive galvanic cathodic protection”. The development . . .

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Date added:  August 5, 2023
EnvironmentPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm and solar park effects on plant–soil carbon cycling: uncertain impacts of changes in ground-level microclimate

Author:  Armstrong, Alona; Waldron, Susan; Whitaker, Jeanette; and Ostle, Nicholas

Abstract – Global energy demand is increasing as greenhouse gas driven climate change progresses, making renewable energy sources critical to future sustainable power provision. Land-based wind and solar electricity generation technologies are rapidly expanding, yet our understanding of their operational effects on biological carbon cycling in hosting ecosystems is limited. Wind turbines and photovoltaic panels can significantly change local ground-level climate by a magnitude that could affect the fundamental plant–soil processes that govern carbon dynamics. We believe that understanding the possible . . .

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Date added:  August 1, 2023
Environment, Netherlands, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Vibrational noise from wind energy turbines negatively impacts earthworm abundance

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 . . .

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Date added:  July 27, 2023
Environment, Health, U.K., Videos, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

Bisphenol A Pollution from Wind Turbines

Author:  Smith, Tim

What is Bisphenol A? Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. “Bisphenol A is the most toxic substance we know’ —Swedish Environmental Protection Agency New EU Hazard Classes 2023 • Endocrine disruption for human health • Very persistent, very bioaccumulative • Endocrine disruption for the environment • Very persistent, very mobile Avoid release to the environment! A different process takes place on the trailing edge . . .

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