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Scientists: Expansion Of Wind Turbines ‘Likely To Lead To Extinction’ For Endangered Vulture Species. Photo from Ferrão da Costa et al., 2017 When pondering the future of wind power and its ecological impacts, it is well worth re-considering this seminal analysis from Dr. Matt Ridley. [W]orld energy demand has been growing at about 2 per cent a year for nearly 40 years. Between 2013 and 2014, […] it grew by just under 2,000 terawatt-hours. If wind turbines were to supply all of that growth but no more, how many would need to be built each year?

The answer is nearly 350,000, since a two-megawatt turbine can produce about 0.005 terawatt-hours per annum. At a density of, very roughly, 50 acres per megawatt, typical for wind farms, that many turbines would require a land area half the size of the British Isles, including Ireland. If we kept this up for 50 years, we would have covered every square mile of a land area half the size of Russia with wind farms.

Bat species can be found dwelling in a wide variety of terrestrial habitats, including deserts and along sea coasts. Hammerson et al, 2017. Measures To Protect Endangered Birds From Wind Turbines Completely Ineffective! It’s time for wind energy proponents to admit that their well-intended idea of wind energy has in fact had disastrous ecological consequences. No technological development has ever so negatively impacted the environment and landscape like wind turbines have. Not only do they blight the scenic landscape and make people living near them ill, they are a serious killer of avian wildlife, as made evident by a recent German ZDF Terra X documentary shows (starts at 34:15 min).

Hat-tip: Alessandra E. Wind turbines in fact do pose serious threat to endangered birds. One of Germany’s most protected bird species is the endangered red kite hawk. The segment focusses on the southwest German state of Baden Württemberg, where its Green state minister is attempting to force through the construction of thousands of turbines on the regions idyllic landscape in a bid to go green. Worldwide, the ZDF reports, only about 25,000 pairs of the red kite remain — 60% of them are in wind-turbine country Germany. Are wind turbines killing off the whooping crane population? | Watts Up With That?

The Whooping Crane (Photo credit: Wikipedia) An attempt to stimulate discussion about whether or not wind turbines could kill off all endangered whooping cranes in only five years, as some environmentalists suggest. Guest post by Caleb Shaw I am having trouble getting to the bottom of a serious issue, (or a serious issue for a bird lover like myself.) It may well be that wind turbines are killing endangered birds, and may lead to the extinction of the California Condor and the Whooping Crane. Because wind turbines involve a great deal of capital, (not merely the big-bucks of fat-cats, but also and especially the political capital surrounding the save-the-world idea of Global Warming,) the bullying of media-warping power politics seems to be involved.

You can’t get a straight answer to a simple question. All I want to know is whether or not the population of whooping crane has fallen by over a hundred, since wind turbines were erected in their flyways. What is the degree of uncertainty? Spanish wind farms kill 6-18 million birds & bats a year – Jan. 2012 | Save the Eagles International. Above picture courtesy of the Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña Negra (COCN), Cadiz FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (14 Jan. 2012) – published in various media under various titles.SEO/Birdlife issues warning: Spanish wind farms kill 6 to 18 million birds & bats a year On 12 January 2012, at the First Scientific Congress on Wind Energy and Wildlife Conservation in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO/Birdlife) made public its estimate that, yearly, Spain’s 18,000 wind turbines may be killing 6 to 18 million birds and bats (1).

The average per turbine comes down to 333 – 1,000 deaths annually, which is a far cry from the 2 – 4 birds claimed by the American wind industry, or the 400,000 birds a year estimated by the American Bird Conservancy for the whole United States, which has about twice as many turbines as Spain.Bats are included in the Birdlife estimate, comments Mark Duchamp, president of Save the Eagles International (STEI). Obama admin regulation allows wind turbines to kill up to 4,200 bald eagles per company. The quest for green energy brings with it a bloody downside for America’s national symbol.

Bald and golden eagles may be legally killed or injured in the thousands by high-speed turbines (reaching speeds up to 170 miles per hour), under new regulations released Wednesday by the Obama administration. The rules, which affect individual wind-energy companies that plan to operate the technology for up to 30 years, allows up to 4,200 of the birds to perish. Enforcement by federal officials is set to begin in January prior to President Obama’s last day in office. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said in a statement that officials were trying to find a happy medium between encouraging green energy and adequately protecting the beloved birds.

“No animal says America like the bald eagle,” Mr. The U.S. population of bald eagles stands at roughly 143,000, while the Fish and Wildlife Service puts the number of golden eagles at 40,000. Windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought | Save the Eagles International. Red kite agonizing under wind turbine, Spain. Courtesy of association of ecologists GURELUR, Navarre.

Wind turbines are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass). By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind farms will kill “only” 1.4 million birds yearly by 2030. This new report is just one of many, financed with taxpayers’ money, aimed at convincing the public that additional mortality caused by wind plants is sustainable. – It is not. Beheaded Golden Eagle from Altamont Pass- Courtesy of Darryl Miller, California Eagles are not the only victims. Griffon Vultures – courtesy of the association of ecologists GURELUR, Navarre, Spain The U.S. Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule 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 minimize losses by taking steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution. The new rule will conserve eagles while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan, said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.

Wind power has increased significantly since Obama took office, and wind turbines as tall as 30-story buildings are rising across the country.