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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


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 »


November 2, 2018 • Blogs, General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in 2018

In October 1986, I presented a keynote address to the Community Noise Conference held in Toowoomba, co-sponsored by the Queensland Division of Noise Abatement and Air Pollution and the Australian Acoustical Society. The title of my talk was “Health Hazards of Noise.” In my talk, I spoke of noise as not just an urban phenomenon and gave examples of how residents in quieter communities can find themselves exposed to intrusive noises. One example I gave was the following: Imagine how . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2018 • Australia, General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Stilling: The curious case of land wind speed decline

All over the world, the wind is slowing. Bit by bit, low-level land wind speeds have been decreasing since reliable records began in the 1970s. It is called “the stilling”. The decline was silently sneaking through under the radar until Australian National University professor Michael Roderick and his colleagues made a mistake. They noticed that the pan evaporation rates in the Northern Hemisphere were going down – not what you would intuitively expect in a warming world. The pan evaporation rate . . . Complete story »


October 15, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Google: Powering data centers with clean energy 24/7 ‘no easy feat’

Dive Brief: Google issued a white paper Wednesday examining the energy used to run its data centers, concluding that while it has purchased 2.6 GW of renewable capacity, more than sufficient to cover its demands for clean energy, the resources are not fully aligned with when the electricity can be delivered. The internet giant reached its 100% renewable energy purchasing goal on a global and annual basis last year, but says it will now tackle the “much more challenging” long-term goal . . . Complete story »


October 10, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines a potential health risk: World Health Organisation

Wind power generators can cause health problems if they result in people being exposed to excessive noise levels, according to new guidelines for Europe that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has published. Exposure to wind turbines should not exceed 45 decibels during daytime, the Geneva-based UN agency wrote in the guidelines that it developed on behalf of the European Union. In comparison, soft radio music has 50 decibels. Although the recommendations were drawn up for Europe, they are relevant for . . . Complete story »


October 10, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine noise can be bad for hearing

Noise from wind turbines has been labelled a potential health hazard by researchers at the UN. The power-generating blades were included in a comprehensive assessment of the harm noise causes to humans. The report by the UN’s World Health Organisation found that noise cost a million healthy years of life across western Europe annually – with road traffic the biggest culprit. Onshore wind turbines have been championed by politicians as a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels. Jeremy Corbyn told the . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2018 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Revealing the dark side of wind power

Any solution to global warming will almost certainly rely on an expansion of renewable energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions with clean solar or wind energy and related technologies. It’s still far from clear, however, which technologies might deliver copious amounts of energy when we need it while avoiding negative environmental consequences. Research published today may help clarify the situation – and it’s not encouraging for wind-power enthusiasts. It suggests that the power available from wind is much more limited than many . . . Complete story »


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