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November 12, 2016 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Bat claims could delay wind farm tree felling

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 . . .

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November 11, 2016 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Hundreds of bat deaths at wind farms could be prevented, finds new research

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 . . .

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November 9, 2016 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Bats being wiped out by windfarms, Exeter research shows

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 . . .

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November 8, 2016 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collisions killing hundreds of UK bats each month, study finds

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 . . .

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November 8, 2016 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Rare bats are regularly killed by wind farms, study shows

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 . . .

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November 8, 2016 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farms might be killing many more bats than we realize

It’s no secret that wind power has experienced a boom in recent years, as demand for renewable energy sources grows. But while the technology is adept at helping curb greenhouse-gas emissions, the thousands of new turbines popping up around the globe do have some drawbacks. Wind farms have a long-documented history of killing hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year. As it turns out, the bat toll may be higher than previously estimated. In a study published Monday, . . .

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November 8, 2016 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Assessments understate ecological risks of wind turbines, British study finds

Wind farms pose a potentially lethal threat to bat populations, and environmental impact assessors do a poor job of predicting – let alone overcoming – the risks. British researchers have found that scores of bats are killed each month at some of the country’s wind farms, possibly after being attracted by the spinning blades. Deaths occur both at sites found to pose little danger and at places the risks have supposedly been addressed. The team blames the casualties, reported this morning in . . .

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November 8, 2016 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Turn wind turbines off at night to save bats, scientists urge

Wind farms are killing about 200 bats a month in the UK, say scientists who have called for turbines to be turned off at night to save the creatures. Bat-friendly operators who agreed to take such a step should be paid more for the electricity they generate, said Fiona Mathews, a biologist from Exeter university who led a government-backed study of 29 onshore wind farms. Some wind farms were already testing night-time switch-offs and researchers were watching to see what . . .

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November 8, 2016 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

When bats look for meals near wind power, bats die

Wind power can help the world fight climate change, but it’s not so great for bats. A new study of wind turbines in Britain found that each turbine killed one to two bats each month on average, with some killing more than 60. The researchers said that the efforts that are required in many countries to assess the environmental effect of planned wind farms have proved faulty and inadequate in measuring the risk to bats. There are more than 300,000 . . .

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October 22, 2016 • Indiana, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Study finds wind turbines killing migratory birds

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – According to a recent study, wind turbines are killing not only local birds but some coming from hundreds of miles away. Wind turbines are known to produce a clean form of energy, helping the environment. But in some cases, they’ve been known to hurt the environment. “Lots and lots of flying or volant animals are killed by wind turbines. That’s just a fact,” Purdue College of Agriculture professor Andrew DeWoody said. In northern California, the . . .

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