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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 19, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Perched among the turbines, West Inc. technicians keep an eye out for eagles

ROLLING HILLS – The glare of the sunlight burned gold in Jason Martin’s irises as he scanned the miles of undulating land from his perch 35 feet above the Powder River Basin. Long shadows crossed the grassland and sage below him in rhythmic cycles as the turbine blades caught the morning wind, churning power into PacifiCorp’s electricity grid. An annoying whistling sound found its way through a window and into the small office bound by four walls of glass. It’d been . . . 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 12, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Rising human activity could be harming endangered species

A recently released endangered peregrine falcon found just a few miles from the recently powered Arkwright Summit Wind Park has raised some eyebrows. Was the injured falcon’s location near the wind park a coincidence? Perhaps, though it is impossible to say with absolute certainty, as no one witnessed the incident that caused the broken shoulder. According to founder and director of Campbell Environmental Center Tim O’Day, who oversaw the falcon’s rehabilitation, “That’s a really unusual injury.” “Not normal,” O’Day went . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm threat to rare frog

A rare species of frog only found near Queensland’s highest town could be wiped out by a multimillion-dollar wind farm project. The Federal Government is currently assessing French company Neoen’s “Green Power Hub” project, proposed at Kaban, about 6km northeast of Ravenshoe. The $ 300 million project – which has state development approval – will include 29 wind turbines, a substation, and a battery storage unit, which is to be one of the largest gridscale batteries in the world. Documents . . . 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 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 1, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Seabird harm study for Trump row wind farm in Aberdeenshire

A study into whether seabirds can avoid hitting wind turbines is to be carried out off the Aberdeenshire coast. The 11-turbine farm was the focus of a lengthy planning battle involving Donald Trump who argued it would spoil the view from his golf resort at Menie. Previous wildlife impact studies have focused on proposed wind farms rather than ones already up and running. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) began generating electricity in July. Operated by Swedish company Vattenfall, . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm review faces possible extension after eagle nest details were withheld

State officials want to extend the Galloo Island wind project review beyond its year-long time frame because the developer failed to divulge the finding of an eagle nest on the island last year. Several participants in the state Article 10 review of the 109-megawatt project, including Clifford P. Schneider, Claudia J. Maurer, Ann and Martin Maurer and Henderson Town Supervisor John J. Culkin, filed a joint motion in September asking state examiners to dismiss Apex Clean Energy’s application because it . . . Complete story »

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