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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.

November 30, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Organisations at loggerheads over raptor deaths at wind farms

Feathers are flying in a bitter row between gamekeepers and the RSPB over alleged raptor deaths at wind farms. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) is demanding comprehensive monitoring of turbine collision incidents. The bird charity agrees but has accused the SGA of “trying to deflect attention from widespread wildlife crime on grouse moors”. A leading Highland anti-wind farm campaigner says she warned the gamekeepers’ body years ago that it would be blamed for so-called bird strikes at wind farms. The . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Israel cancels wind turbines project to spare a rare falcon

A project to erect nine wind turbines near Kibbutz Ein HaShofet in northern Israel, about 18 miles from the city of Haifa, in an ecologically sensitive area where the rare red falcons live, have been cancelled by the District Committee over the exceptional and disproportionate damage it would cause the environment, Haaretz reported Sunday. Or, in conceptual terms, an environmentally friendly program was killed on account of endangering the environment. The committee heard testimony last week that the rotating blades . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers study impact of turbines on golden eagles

In January 2017, under the Obama administration, a rule was implemented that allows wind-energy companies to accidentally kill or injure eagles while operating high-speed turbines for up to 30 years. That is six times longer than the former rule, which was five years. The rule change also increased the number of eagles the companies can be permitted to accidentally kill or injure, but only under certain conditions. Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Pourquoi les chauves-souris ne voient-elles pas les éoliennes ?

Le chiffre a de quoi effrayer : les éoliennes en France (6 000 aujourd’hui) pourraient avoir causé la mort de 1,6 million de chauves-souris sur la période 2002-15, selon l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe). Si les auteurs de l’étude établissent une prudente fourchette entre… des décès entre 12 000 et 3,3 millions d’animaux, la surmortalité de cette espècedéjà déclinante est reconnue. Les chiroptères, qui chassent au crépuscule et la nuit, ne sont pourtant pas aveugles. Alors . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

The lesser prairie chicken: gone with the wind?

North on U.S. 270 to Woodward, Oklahoma, wind turbines own the horizon. They hover above rusting barns, cattle-guards and the barbed-wire fences that protect private land. When standing below, you feel the massive blades swoosh like flyswatters cutting through the air. As the wind picks up, the blades spin faster and the machines emit a soft mechanical whine: the sound of power generated by nature. The town, home to 12,000 people, lies in the northwest corner of the state. The . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

New study pinpoints birds of prey as hardest hit by wind farms

A new study has revealed which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with birds of prey and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, and pinpoints some possible solutions to allow birds, bats and wind turbines to share the skies with less conflict. In this uncertain age of climate change, countries across the world are on the search for greener . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tasmanian electrical system claims wedge-tailed eagles

Figures show seven endangered wedge-tailed eagles have been killed by electricity infrastructure in the first four months of this financial year. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment statistics show two eagles were killed at the Musselroe Bay wind farm in North East Tasmania. TasNetworks annual report for 2016-17 revealed 15 birds, including 12 wedge-tailed eagles, a white-bellied sea eagle, a grey goshawk and a masked owl were killed. Australasian Raptor Association spokesman Nick ­Mooney said the figures . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tasmanian electrical system claims wedge-tailed eagles

Seven wedge-tailed eagles have been killed by Tasmanian electricity infrastructure in just four months this financial year, new figures show. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment statistics show some dead eagles were at the Musselroe Bay wind farm in the Northeast. TasNetworks annual report for 2016-17 revealed 15 birds including 12 wedge-tailed eagles, a white-belly sea eagle, a grey goshawk and a masked owl were killed. Australasian Raptor Association spokesman Nick Mooney said the figures would be . . . Complete story »

October 8, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

NOAA: whale deaths “alarming”

NOAA called a “declared unusual mortality rate” for whales beginning in April 2016 for an area stretching from North Carolina to Maine, which is still ongoing. Some people in New England are claiming that the existence of the five turbines comprising the Block Island Wind Farm are contributing to the unusual mortality rate, while NOAA said it has not yet found any link between the deaths of the whales and the unusual mortality rate.   Complete story »

September 17, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Hérault: Des parcs éoliens accusés de destruction de rapaces

[Wind energy facilities accused of destroying raptors – A royal eagle was killed in early August after a collision with a wind turbine blade in Joncels, Herault. The bird, equipped with a GPS, was of a species protected since 1976, as are all raptors in France.] Un aigle royal a trouvé la mort début août après une collision avec une pale d’éolienne à Joncels, dans l’Hérault. L’oiseau, équipé d’un GPS, fait partie d’une espèce protégée depuis 1976, comme le sont toutes . . . Complete story »

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