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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


December 7, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

India’s wind power potential declining due to warming

The warming of the Indian Ocean due to global climate change may be causing a slow decline in India’s wind power potential, according to a study. India, the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the US, is investing billions in wind power and has set the ambitious goal to double its capacity in the next five years, said researchers from the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The majority of wind turbines . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Fishers protest hit system to measure wind potential’

CHENNAI : Installation of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system to measure wind potential for setting up offshore wind farms in the coast of Thoothukudi has been hit due to protest by fishermen, according to Anand Kumar, secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.Speaking at the Green Power 2018 conference, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Tuesday, he said that the State and Central governments were working to resolve the issue by holding talks with fishermen. This comes . . . Complete story »


November 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms deliver a blow to birds of prey, says study

PUNE: A study done in the Satara region of the Western Ghats confirmed the deeper ecological consequences of wind farms in biodiversity-rich areas by establishing a link between such farms and the number of predatory birds and ground-dwelling lizards in their vicinity. The study, conducted jointly by city-based independent researchers Harshal Bhosale and Amod Zambre and Bengaluru-based Maria Thaker, found that wind farms reduce the number as well as the activity of predatory birds. The drop in the number of . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2018 • General News, IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms can act like apex predators in ecosystems, study finds

The impact of wind farms on flying species has been well documented, with turbines reducing the number of birds and bats in an area and disrupting migration routes. But a new study finds that the impacts of turbines are more far-reaching than previously thought, acting almost like a new apex predator in an ecosystem. Ecologists from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore looked at how wind farms in India’s Western Ghats, which have been operating for 16 to 20 . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2018 • General News, IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines acting as ‘apex predators’ by driving down bird numbers, study finds

Wind turbines can act as top predators in ecosystems by driving down populations of birds and triggering knock-on effects across food chains, according to a new study. Scientists found that predatory raptor birds were four times rarer in parts of an Indian mountain range covered in wind turbines, suggesting they were avoiding the structures. The same areas saw an explosion in numbers the raptors’ prey, fan-throated lizards, which also became more confident and less scared of humans due to the . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2018 • General News, IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm ‘predator’ effect hits ecosystems: study

Wind farms act as a top “predator” in some ecosystems, harming birds at the top of the food chain and triggering a knock-on effect overlooked by green energy advocates, scientists said Monday. Wind is the fastest-growing renewable energy sector, supplying around four percent of global electricity demand. Close to 17 million hectares—an area roughly the size of Tunisia—is currently used for generating wind energy worldwide, and researchers warned that developers had “greatly underestimated” the impact the technology has on wildlife. . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2018 • General News, IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms: where kites stay away, lizards play

On the Western Ghats, biologists have discovered that wind farms reduce the abundance of predatory birds and increase lizard populations, triggering a cascade of changes in the food chain whose long-term consequences remain unclear. A study by ecologists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has revealed that predatory birds such as buzzards, hawks and kites avoid areas around wind turbines and allow lizard populations there to thrive. The scientists found that the population densities of the most common lizard . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2018 • General News, IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

New enemy of birds of prey: wind farms

There’s a new super-predator in Maharashtra’s Chalkewadi plateau. With their constantly-whirring blades, wind turbines have decreased birds of prey here, finds a study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution on November 5. It also proves, for the first time, that the ramifications of wind farms run much deeper across the food chain: superb fan-throated lizards – small, colourful reptiles that the birds prey on – increased in number and showed altered behaviour, physiology and even less-flamboyant body colours. Wind farms . . . Complete story »


October 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmills not so green for wildlife

Windmills are seen as a source of green energy, but researchers say they pose a threat to wildlife in forests through collisions and noise. The impact of the giant structures in Karnataka was studied by researchers from Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON) during a two-year project. They found that windmills killed birds and bats in collisions, and that birds and mammals also moved away due to the noise. The noise levels near windmills go up to . . . Complete story »


October 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Birds, mammals stay away from ‘noisy windmills’

Compared to fossil fuel, wind energy wreaks less destruction on the environment, but in the State many wind turbines have come up in forest areas, often at the cost of its denizens. A study, by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), has found that apart from direct impact, noise and vibrations from the blades were driving away animals, thereby increasing the possibility of man-animal conflict. The study was necessitated by the growing number of windmills in . . . Complete story »


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