The RSPB, wind farms and a change of direction. LAST month the House of Lords Environment Committee heard evidence about the effects of offshore windfarms on the marine environment. The hearing was notable for revealing signs of concern from the RSPB about the devastation that is potentially going to be unleashed on the North Sea, a crime in which they have been complicit because of their silence up until now. Perhaps, after all these years, they are getting close to confronting the evidence of the harm their support for windfarms has done to birds. The North Sea, RSPB policy officer Helen Quayle told the committee, is ‘littered with cabling from energy infrastructure’, going on to explain that this is a big problem for sandeels, a keystone species which is a staple food for many birds and other fish.
Now she tells us. It seems that the society’s view is that the North Sea faces ‘an irreversible loss of wildlife’ as a result of offshore wind farm developments, overfishing and (inevitably) climate change. Now she tells us. Kittiwake extinction risk and the death of Environmentalism. The long-standing struggle between corporate economic interest and environmental priorities, running back into the nineteenth century, is being resolved conclusively and in favour of the developers of industrial development. Climate change objectives have simultaneously drawn the teeth of legal protections for the natural world and its inhabitants, while empowering investors in vast construction projects. The recent award of planning consent to the Hornsea 3 wind farm, in UK offshore waters, is perfect illustration of the point. If a British Secretary of State ignored the advice of his own planning inspectors and over-rode a powerful international protection for a Red-listed species of bird to give consent to a power station development so large it will be visible from space there would of course be a deafening outcry from environmentalists, right?
But, anyway, no Secretary of State would do such a thing, right? Wrong, sadly, wrong on both counts. This leads to a bizarre paradox. Share Pin. GWPF calls on Sir David Attenborough to save Red-listed Kittiwakes from giant wind turbine project. On the 31st of December last year Alok Sharma, then Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, gave planning consent for the giant Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm. He decided to over-ride planning inspectors who had advised refusal on the grounds of unacceptable environmental impacts on the Red-listed Kittiwake populations of the East Coast, whose resting and nesting sites are protected by Natura 2000 legislation, some of the strongest environmental protection in Europe.
In giving consent Mr Sharma said that that contribution of the Hornsea 3 scheme to reaching Net Zero was more important than the affect on the local environment and its bird populations, and justified ignoring Natura 2000 protection. This sets a precedent that the renewables industry has already identified as “opening the floodgates” for any major industrial development that can make a claim, however tenuous, to low carbon credentials. 338 Shares Share Tweet Pin. RENEWABLE ENERGY: Study: Black turbine blades reduced bird mortality by 72% -- Tuesday, August 25, 2020 -- www.eenews.net. Correction appended. Painting one of a wind turbine's three blades black led to a dramatic decline in bird mortality along the Norwegian coast, new research shows. Bird death from turbine collisions dropped by 71.9% where a turbine blade was black, compared with unpainted turbines at the same wind farm, according to findings published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Evolution.
Researchers observed a nearly 50% reduction in mortality from collisions involving towers with a single black blade. Bård Stokke of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, one of the study's lead authors, said the findings could address the evolving wind industry's Achilles' heel, its impact on birds. "Our hope is therefore that these measures, given their positive effects on birds and the fact that they are relatively simple and low cost, will be used in future wind energy developments both in Norway and abroad," he said in an email. Political wind. Wind turbines take a terrible toll on birds. There is a narrative on Wind turbines that we hear so often: Wind turbines are clean and green, and they help us tackle climate change through emission-free energy generation. Anything contrary to that narrative might seem untrue, especially after mainstream media’s relentless promotion of the narrative for the past one decade or so.
As a young field ecologist, I’ve witnessed and studied about bird collision mortalities in the most serene Special Protected Area for bird conservation at Alentejo, Portugal. My Master’s thesis involved assessing the collision mortality of birds with artificial structures (especially electric lines and fences), thus requiring me to do detailed studies on the susceptibility of birds to artificial structures and the subsequent impact on breeding, migration, and overall survival. For me, and many other wildlife conservationists, it is not a surprise when we hear about wind turbines killing birds. The Obvious Yet Untold: Wind Turbines are Bird Killers. Lake Erie wind turbines lethal threat to migratory birds. The steady improvement in the water quality of the Great Lakes represents one of the real environmental success stories of recent decades.
But the giant inland seas’ ecosystem now faces a new threat, this one coming from advocates of renewable energy. For over a decade, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo), a non-profit, has sought approval for its Icebreaker Wind project that would eventually place hundreds of turbines with spinning blades on the lake. It would be the first such facility on fresh water in the United States. The project’s developers say the turbines will help combat climate change, but opponents point out that it is situated on a north-south flyway for millions of birds that migrate over Lake Erie every spring and fall.
Ecosystem Already Declining The warbler population is already in trouble, he told the Post. Undercounting Wind Turbine Bat Fatalities Birds are by no means the only avian creatures threatened by wind power. More Bird Kills For The Climate? 9 “Strictly Protected” Red Kites Found Poisoned To Death! War on windpark-blocking red kites? Authorities are offering a €1000 reward for information leading to solving 11 cases of dead red kite protected birds. Nine of the deaths were due to a long-banned poison. Protected red kites being poisoned in north Germany. Image: Thomas Kraft (ThKraft) – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 The German Presseportal.de here writes that a total of eleven dead red kites have been reported to the LLUR (State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas) since 2017 from the area south of Neumünster in northern Germany.
“Nine of these rare birds of prey died of a banned insect venom,” the Presseportal.de reported. “Banned poison” Authorities say “the 9 red kites died from an insect poison which had been banned for many years” and that four dead red kites with suspected poisoning have been reported since March alone. “Three birds were found close together by a local hunter in the community of Rendswühren in the Plön district. 1000-euro reward.
Wind turbine design and placement can mitigate negative effect on birds. University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences URBANA, Ill. – Wind energy is increasingly seen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, as it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that by 2050, wind turbines will contribute more than 20% of the global electricity supply. However, the rapid expansion of wind farms has raised concerns about the impact of wind turbines on wildlife. Research in that area has been limited and has yielded conflicting results. A new study, published in Energy Science, provides comprehensive data on how turbines affect bird populations.
While the study did find a negative effect on some breeding birds, it also suggests ways to mitigate that effect through wind turbine design and placement, explains Madhu Khanna, professor of agricultural and consumer economics in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. From EurekAlert! Like this: Report Blames Wind Turbines For Bird Slaughter. A report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) says wind turbines are “doing great harm to wildlife” as European countries try to cut emissions to comply with 2030 environment targets. The GWPF, which says it is neutral on this issue of renewable energy, argued that “many environmental problems come with every form of energy generation”. For the new target of achieving 65 per cent of the German electricity needs from renewables by 2030, the country needs five new 3-megawatt plants, the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) said.
“And even that will only be enough if power consumption does not increase,” said Achim Dercks, the DIHK’s deputy general manager. An earlier report, “Green Killing Machines”, specifically targeted wind turbines with most research revolving around Germany. Oliver Krüger from the University of Bielefeld said birds of prey and ducks were being killed “in their thousands” by turbines. Full story Full 73 Shares Share Tweet Pin. A case of comparing apples to tangelos and strawberries… Guest post by Juliet Walker Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown’s objection to a proposed wind farm in Tasmania due to the toll on bird life and visual pollution will hopefully bring to the fore an issue that has been steadfastly ignored by the mainstream media.
Despite growing opposition to wind farms around the world from prominent environmentalists , wildlife groups , and concerned citizens, many people naively believe the simplistic fairytale about the benefits of wind farms. Typical of the low resolution thinking that underpins the climate change issue generally, and the cartoonish framing of renewable energy as a virtue and a necessity to save us from the ravages of ‘climate change’, the public simply has not been exposed to a mature, rational discussion about whether the costs – environmental, economic and social – outweigh the supposed benefits.
Sure, wind is clean, wind is renewable. This is a completely unsupported assertion. In fact, the IPCC’s AR5 report stated that: Isle Of Man Seabird Populations Plummet As Wind Farms Overwhelm The Irish Sea - Jason Endfield. License To Kill. Barack Obama bragged about how good he was at killing people with drones, and right before he left office also gave windfarms license to kill as many raptors as they want over the next 30 years. U.S. to give 30-year wind farm permits; thousands of eagle deaths seen – Reuters Everyone else goes to jail and gets huge fines.
Bald and Golden Eagle ActThe criminal penalty stipulation was increased from a maximum fine of $500 and six months imprisonment to a maximum fine of $5,000 and one year’s imprisonment. Furthermore, in the second case of second conviction, the penalty was increased to $10,000 fine and two years imprisonment. The maximum amount of a misdemeanor offense was increased $100,000 under the Criminal Fines and Improvement Act of 1987.
Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act – Wikipedia. Crete Is Home To 1000 Endangered Griffon Vultures. Wind Turbines Are Projected To Kill 84 Of Them Per Year. A potential wind turbine installation on the island of Crete may be poised to drive an endangered raptor population to extinction. Recent studies have found the favored “renewable” energies – wind and solar – are not effective, even counteractive, when it comes to reducing emissions from fossil fuels. Solar PV installation, for example, results in a net loss of energy, meaning that the net effect of solar energy use is ultimately more dependence on fossil fuels.
Image Source: Ferroni and Hopkirk, 2016 Due especially to its intermittent energy generation, the installation of wind turbines also necessitates eventual growth in fossil fuel energies to back them up (due especially to the frequent occasions when the wind is not blowing). Image Source: Marques et al., 2018 Even worse, the installation of wind turbines have been well documented to destroy wildlife habitats (Marques et al., 2019, Millon et al., 2018, Lange et al., 2018, Barré et al., 2018). Image Source: Xirouchakis et al., 2019. Scandal: Windpark Company Uses Loudspeaker Of Barking Dogs To Chase Off Nesting Eagles Blocking Project. NDR north German television recently broadcast a report about the protests against a planned windpark near the German village of Kreien, some 200 km east of Hamburg. White tail eagles being chased away from nest by loudspeakers in order to clear the way for permitting 14 wind turbines over 200 meters tall in Northern Germany.
Image cropped: juvenile white-tailed eagle, Christoph Müller (www.christophmueller.org) – CC BY 4.0 One local resident told NDR television the area is already packed with 178 turbines, and that the plans to build 14 new over 200-meter tall behemoths are no longer welcome. The resident had noticed something very peculiar: a loudspeaker system that had been installed in the area of the planned project (see video, 0:20 mark). Apparently the speaker system had been put in place to scare away white tail eagles that might get the idea to nest atop an adjacent nesting mast just meters away. The sound of barking hounds Climate protection before habitat protection? Rare Bird Slaughtered by Wind Turbine.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sacrifices today’s birds in the name of fighting tomorrow’s climate change. Not only does it provide cover for the wind industry, it cashes its cheques. this photo appears on the back cover of aspecial edition of a magazine (click) In case you missed it, this week a tragedy took place on an island northwest of the Scottish mainland. It has been 22 years since a white-throated needletail has been seen in the UK. Word spread and soon dozens of enthusiasts, reportedly from all over the country, hit the road, eager to witness this natural marvel with their own eyes. On Wednesday, however, in the presence of approximately 40 bird watchers, the needletail flew into a wind turbine and was killed instantly. As James Delingpole explained recently, the RSPB appears to have been taken over by “green zealots.”
If it weren’t so tragic it would be amusing to notice that Delingpole reports the following: That study is known as the Chris Thomas paper. See also: Birds, Wind Turbines & Nuclear Power. How many birds should we slaughter in the name of saving the planet? Photo source: Save the Eagles International (click) Michael Shellenberger has devoted the past 17 years of his life to the battle against climate change. When I began researching that topic, the 2009 book he coauthored with Ted Nordhaus was one of the first things I read. My own, big-picture climate analysis may differ from Shellenberger’s, but he’s sensible and intelligent.
Last week, in an article titled Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet, he says there was a time when he didn’t take the threat that wind turbines pose to birds seriously. But as we’ve collectively gained experience with wind turbines, opinions have evolved. Small, common birds, like sparrows, robins and jays. The double standards around bird deaths have long exasperated me. Why is killing birds a crime when oil companies do it – but not when wind companies are involved? This blog will resume Monday, March 18th. Equal Protection Under the Law? “Environmental Crime”… Rare, Endangered Birds Being Killed To Clear Way For Wind Park Project Approvals. Environmentalists Seeking Dead Birds. Study: Wind Farms Kill Off 75% Of Buzzards, Hawks And Kites That Live Nearby. German (Real) Environmentalists Outraged Over Killed Protected Red Kites, Move To Have Wind Park Shut Down! Andrew Montford: Remote Windfarms Are Bad News For Birds.
Californian Bird Lovers Wonder If Climate Change Killed or Confused Their Missing Birds. Greens Vs. The Environment. Spanish wind farms kill 6-18 million birds & bats a year – Jan. 2012 | Save the Eagles International. Are wind turbines killing off the whooping crane population? | Watts Up With That? Obama admin regulation allows wind turbines to kill up to 4,200 bald eagles per company. Measures To Protect Endangered Birds From Wind Turbines Completely Ineffective! Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths.
Scientists: Expansion Of Wind Turbines ‘Likely To Lead To Extinction’ For Endangered Vulture Species. Windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought | Save the Eagles International. Bird deaths/what happens when the wind doesn't blow.