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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.

October 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Birds, mammals stay away from ‘noisy windmills’

Compared to fossil fuel, wind energy wreaks less destruction on the environment, but in the State many wind turbines have come up in forest areas, often at the cost of its denizens. A study, by the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), has found that apart from direct impact, noise and vibrations from the blades were driving away animals, thereby increasing the possibility of man-animal conflict. The study was necessitated by the growing number of windmills in . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

It’s loud and busy at the sites

For most animals, being around windmills, must seem like one is next to a highway with noisy trucks. H.N. Kumara and his team, from the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), measured the noise levels near windmills as being up to 85 decibels or the noise made by large goods trucks. The persistent drone of a wind turbine, which operates 24×7, is consistently above 70dB. This is more than noise levels for residential areas in major cities . . . Complete story »

October 10, 2018 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Blood on the blades: Is bird life facing global catastrophe from wind turbines?

Bird life across the globe could be facing its worst nightmare in the 21st century because of mankind’s ardent love for wind turbines. Despite the outright denial of renewable enthusiasts, data from across the globe suggests that bird life is in great peril due to wind factories. (They’re not farms, by the way.) “Cats and high-rise buildings are worse than wind turbines.” “Pollution causes more bird deaths.” These are some of the excuses usually offered when wind factories come under . . . Complete story »

October 1, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Scientists say black Sea bass behavior could be affected by offshore wind

WOODS HOLE – Scientists from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center say that offshore wind energy construction could affect the behavior of Black Sea Bass. Black Sea Bass live up and down the east coast from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, providing a significant ecological and economic importance. The fish are also attracted to structurally complex habitats, often found around rocky reefs, mussel beds, cobble and rock fields, and artificial habitats like shipwrecks. Scientists, commercial and recreational fisherman have expressed . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Not done fighting turbines, conservationists say

Frustrated by what they say are thousands of unreported bird and bat deaths, activists are calling for the new provincial government to take a closer look at the hundreds of wind turbines that dot rural Ontario. These conservationists want the Environment Ministry to scrutinize what they say are flawed environmental assessments on the province’s existing turbines, saying the huge industrial windmills are responsible for tens of thousands of bird and bat deaths across Ontario each year These deaths, they say, . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Southern Arizona wind farm investigated after death of bat, eagle

COCHISE COUNTY – In the mountains 20 miles west of Willcox, 15 wind turbines stand 450 feet tall, spinning with the wind. This is the Red Horse II Wind Farm, the only wind farm operating in southern Arizona. The wind farm is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division in connection with the death of a federally protected golden eagle and a lesser long-nosed bat. The bat was listed as endangered in 1988, and in . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Protection of rare bird of prey may stop Donegal wind farm

A conservation group concerned about the protection of a rare bird of prey could halt plans for a multi-million-euro wind farm development in Meenbog, Co Donegal. The Irish Raptor Study Group, a voluntary organisation committed to the monitoring for conservation purposes of birds of prey, particularly the Hen Harrier and Buzzard throughout Ireland, has been granted leave to legally challenge An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the development. Mr Justice David Barniville said in the High Court yesterday he would consider . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Kaimai Wind Farm identified as posing risk to vulnerable long-tailed bat

Ecological environment reports for the proposed Kaimai Wind Farm have identified the wind mills could cause internal hemorrhaging in the native and vulnerable long-tailed bat. At a recent public meeting, hosted by Protect Karangahake at Karangahake Hall, Protect Karangahake group member Alastair Sorley said in documents released as part of the resource consent process, it was identified that long-tailed bats could be considered at risk of mortality or injury by wind turbine strike. The Ecological Effects Assessment report, however, states . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines kill birds and bats

Cody – Wind turbines produce clean energy, but scientists say they kill more than a million bats and birds every year. The Wyoming Nature Conservancy is developing a guide to help the wind farms protect the animals from deadly collisions in the future. When golden eagles fly, they sometimes are looking down for prey instead of looking ahead. And, sometimes they don’t see the turning blades of a wind turbine. So, eagles, and thousands of smaller birds and bats are . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Endangered Hen Harrier on Donegal wind farm site should have been verified

The Irish Raptor Study Group has been granted permission to bring judicial review proceedings challenging a decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for a 19-turbine wind farm located at Meenbog in South Eastern Donegal. The proposed development site is located in an area which is specially designated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service as regionally important for the protection of Hen Harrier, they say. The Hen Harrier is Ireland’s rarest declining resident breeding bird species and . . . Complete story »

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