Wind Power News: Wildlife
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Wind farms will be granted 30-year U.S. government permits that could allow for thousands of accidental eagle deaths due to collisions with company turbines, towers and electrical wires, U.S. wildlife managers said on Wednesday. The newly finalized rule, to go into effect on Jan. 15, extends the current five-year term for permits that allow for the accidental deaths of bald and golden eagles. The bald eagle is the national emblem of the United States. The permits, which are meant for . . .
The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years – even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if they kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles, nearly four times the current limit. Deaths of the more rare golden eagles would be allowed without penalty so long as companies . . .
Lord Kinclaven’s judgment, issued yesterday, permits the construction of Tullymurdoch Wind Farm, one of the last remaining wildcat territories. There may be as few as 10 pure Scottish wildcat females still in existence. These last few sisters may leave no useful progeny. They seem doomed to succumb to hybridisation (queens will only mate other felines if no male wildcat male is available), competition for food, and destruction of habitat for commercial gain. Yesterday’s judgment may be the death knell for . . .
A study focusing on three wind turbines in the Jura mountains in western Switzerland has shown that on average each one causes the death of 14 to 29 birds a year – almost triple previous estimates. Migration periods were associated with more deaths but visibility could also play a role. Small, nocturnal migratory birds were the main victims, according to the study results – carried out by the Swiss Ornithological Institute for the Federal Office for the Environment – released . . .
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) on its forthcoming Revised Eagle Rule, which may have a significant impact on the wind industry, with the final rule itself expected in December. As reported, the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) will be carefully reviewing the PEIS and the final rule, as the conservancy remains deeply concerned about the rule’s potential negative impacts on the nation’s Bald and Golden Eagle populations. “We are pleased that . . .
Concerns have been raised that bats are living in trees which are due to be felled as part of a wind farm scheme. The colony of pipistrelle bats are said to be living in old oak trees near Pontarddulais, which are due to make way for the Mynydd y Gwair windfarm project. But Innogy Renewables, the company behind the windfarm, say they haven’t detected the presence of any bats in trees to be felled, and have asked for any evidence . . .
Hundreds of bat deaths at on-shore windfarms in the UK could be prevented by better risk assessments and simple changes to the operation of turbines, according to a study by academics at the University of Exeter. At the 29 windfarms studied by the researchers in work published in the journal Current Biology, 194 bats were killed per month. Casualty rates varied from 1 to 64 per month across the sites. The research team derived these estimates from searching for bat . . .
Endangered bats are being wiped out by wind farms despite efforts to reduce the risk, an Exeter study shows. The legally protected mammals are killed while hunting insects attracted by the heat that is generated by the spinning turbine blades. Costly environmental tests called EcIAs (ecological impact assessments) completed prior to their building have failed to stop the fatal collisions, say scientists. Professor Fiona Mathews, of Exeter University, said: “The findings highlight the difficulty of establishing with certainty the effect . . .
Hundreds of bats are being killed in collisions with wind turbines in the UK each month, despite ecological impact assessments predicting that many windfarms were unlikely to affect such animals, according to a new study. All UK species of bats are protected by law, and ecological impact assessments – carried out before construction of windfarms or other sites – should weigh up the risks for local habitats and wildlife. But new research suggests that such assessments are simply not up . . .
Endangered bats are regularly being killed by wind farms despite efforts to reduce the risk, a study shows. The mammals are fatally injured while hunting insects such as midges attracted by the heat that is generated by the spinning turbine blades. Costly environmental tests called EcIAs (Ecological Impact Assessments) completed prior to their building have failed to stop the fatal collisions, say scientists. In the first study of its kind in the world, which was partly commissioned by Scottish Natural . . .