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Wind turbine threat to birds a falsehood

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has joined a host of engineering and business organisations plus the National Farmers’ Union and the environmental campaign group 10:10 Climate Action in writing an open letter (August 5) to the new energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng. This letter calls for Government support for new onshore wind … Continue reading Wind turbine threat to birds a falsehood

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Ornithology in novel bird study at Vattenfall offshore wind farm

The next phase of ground-breaking environmental research at a wind farm off the Scottish coast has begun after Vattenfall appointed Scottish and Danish specialists to carry out a bird study. The Edinburgh-based team of RPS Consulting and Danish-based DHI Group will deploy state of the art radar-camera-based digital technology on the European Offshore Wind Deployment … Continue reading Ornithology in novel bird study at Vattenfall offshore wind farm

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Tasmanian wind farm installs new aerial surveillance technology to protect Aussie eagles

A Tasmanian wind farm will set up sophisticated aerial detection technology at its Castle Hill Wind Farm, to help protect Australia’s native wedge-tail eagle.   Developed by IdentiFlight in partnership with the operator of the clean energy facility Goldwind Australia, the site is the first location in Australia to implement the warning system. Using tower-mounted … Continue reading Tasmanian wind farm installs new aerial surveillance technology to protect Aussie eagles

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Wind’s golden eagle impacts remain low

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released new data that should ease the minds of those concerned about wind energy’s potential impacts on golden eagles—it confirms impacts remain small. Causes of eagle mortality USFWS studied causes of mortality of satellite tagged North American golden eagles from 1997 to 2013. Researchers then extrapolated their … Continue reading Wind’s golden eagle impacts remain low

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Wind power and wildlife thrive together

National Bird Day is today and it offers a good chance to share the positive story about wind energy and birds. Cleaner air, healthier habitats What do some of America’s most respected conservation groups think about wind power? “Audubon strongly supports properly sited wind power as a renewable energy source that helps reduce the threats … Continue reading Wind power and wildlife thrive together

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Wind energy is better for birds in the long run

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been criticized for granting 30-year wind farm permits that could lead to the deaths of thousands of eagles. Although the National Audubon Society is among the organizations objecting to the length of these permits, it may surprise some to know that Audubon “strongly supports properly sited wind power” … Continue reading Wind energy is better for birds in the long run

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Top 5 reasons to question campaign rhetoric about wind energy

Candidate Donald Trump spoke to former candidate Herman Cain about wind power yesterday on Cain’s radio show. The result was a series of campaign trail statements that “cited bad information that’s out-of-date, discredited, misleading, and just plain wrong,” as we said the last time this came up. We’ve rounded up the top 5 facts that can better … Continue reading Top 5 reasons to question campaign rhetoric about wind energy

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Wind power and eagles can successfully coexist

As one of the leading solutions to combat carbon pollution, growing wind energy is an effective way to protect America’s landscapes and wildlife. Scientists agree that climate change is the greatest threat to our nation’s plants and animals, and zero-carbon energy sources will play a critical role in ensuring these populations remain healthy and abundant. … Continue reading Wind power and eagles can successfully coexist

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Wind energy helps protect wildlife by reducing carbon pollution

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that climate change poses the largest threat to many of the planet’s wildlife populations, and since wind power is the biggest, fastest, cheapest way to cut harmful carbon pollution, it remains one of the most effective ways to protect them. That includes bats. While there are many significant human-caused threats to bats, … Continue reading Wind energy helps protect wildlife by reducing carbon pollution

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service clarifies proposed rule

This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed a new rule concerning its eagle conservation program. While the proposal would govern a number of different industries, some have reported the facts incorrectly and erroneously conflated it with wind energy. As a clean energy source, wind energy contributes to eagle conservation by mitigating climate … Continue reading U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service clarifies proposed rule

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Eagles are making wind turbines safer for birds

This article originally appeared on Energy.gov. Kelly Yaker is a Web Project Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. A bald eagle named Spirit and a golden eagle named Nova are helping researchers make wind energy safer for birds. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), one of the Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories, partnered … Continue reading Eagles are making wind turbines safer for birds

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American wind power’s Legacy of Care highlighted by AWEA’s John Anderson

Anderson: Hey Austin, love bats? So does wind power Austin has a rich heritage of celebrating bats, and the city has been called one of the best places in the world to watch them. Friday is National Wildlife Day, so there’s no better time to talk about the importance of protecting and preserving our flying … Continue reading American wind power’s Legacy of Care highlighted by AWEA’s John Anderson

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Wind energy industry announces new voluntary practices to reduce overall impacts on bats by 30 percent

The U.S. wind energy industry announced, on the eve of National Wildlife Day, a best management practice establishing a new voluntary operating protocol, which is expected to reduce impacts to bats from operating wind turbines by as much as 30 percent.   The agreement, developed by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) with the initial  … Continue reading Wind energy industry announces new voluntary practices to reduce overall impacts on bats by 30 percent

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American Bird Conservancy overlooks how wind energy protects wildlife

The American Bird Conservancy is suggesting blocking off the majority of the US (yellow and red areas) to wind energy development, which is incompatible with scaling up wind power enough to address climate change — the biggest threat that wildlife will face this century. A flawed report by the American Bird Conservancy suggests blocking off … Continue reading American Bird Conservancy overlooks how wind energy protects wildlife

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Conservationists see wind energy’s benefits

A recent anti-wind energy opinion piece on birds overlooked that climate change is the greatest threat to birds and other wildlife, and that wind energy is one of the most affordable, effective and widely available ways to reduce carbon pollution and help mitigate the impacts of climate change. We all consume energy and it has … Continue reading Conservationists see wind energy’s benefits

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Impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats

USGS has released a preliminary methodology to assess the population level impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats. This wind energy impacts assessment methodology is the first of its kind, evaluating national to regional scale impacts of those bats and birds that breed in and migrate through the United States. The methodology … Continue reading Impacts of onshore wind energy development on birds and bats

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Wind energy industry has legacy of caring for wildlife

The recent headline, “Glass architecture killing millions of migratory birds” set off quite an internal debate within our organization – but not for the reasons you might expect. You see, we’ve battled for years in the wind industry to get to a place where any public discussion about protecting birds begins with the science to … Continue reading Wind energy industry has legacy of caring for wildlife

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Iberdrola Renewables Seeks Applicants for Wildlife Grants

Iberdrola Renewables today announced it is seeking applicants for its 2015 Wildlife Protection Program (WPP) grants. The company’s ongoing “Legacy of Caring” campaign for wildlife and habitat awards WPP grants to avian rehabilitation groups. These partners play an important role in rehabilitation, community education and scientific understanding of birds of prey. Recipients in 2014 included … Continue reading Iberdrola Renewables Seeks Applicants for Wildlife Grants

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Wind turbines aims to limit harm to birds

The threat posed to birds by wind turbines has long been debated. A wind farm being built off Finland’s west coast will feature a new system designed to limit the danger — potentially setting a new standard for future wind power facilities in the country.   The 11-turbine maritime wind farm to open next summer on Tahkoluoto Island … Continue reading Wind turbines aims to limit harm to birds

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