Nov 092017
 
POLL: Should the design and positioning of windfarms be better researched?

A new study has revealed which bird and bat species are most at risk of collision with wind turbines, with birds of prey and migratory birds coming top of the list. This research is the first to take a global view of the problem, and pinpoints some possible solutions to allow birds, bats and wind […]

Mar 182016
 
Solar farms to create natural habitats for threatened species

Threatened wildlife including turtle doves and skylarks could benefit from a scheme which has been launched to create natural habitats at solar farm sites. The project by wildlife charity RSPB and clean tech company Anesco aims to boost wildlife at the firm’s solar farms across England and Wales. Wild flower meadow areas and seed-rich planting […]

Mar 022014
 
Migrating birds halt expansion of London Array

Expansion plans at one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms have come to a sudden halt, with the owners blaming concerns about migrating birds for the interruption. The London Array will not proceed to its planned second stage, meaning it will be about a third smaller than originally proposed. The windfarm’s power output will be […]

Jan 232014
 
High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon

Often touted as low-impact, remote oil roads in the Amazon are, in fact, having a large impact on frogs living in flowers in the upper canopy, according to a new paper published in PLOS ONE. In Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, massive bromeliads grow on tall tropical trees high in the canopy and may contain up […]

Dec 142013
 
Leaders commit to conservation measures at Polar Bear Forum

Ministers and other national representatives made commitments today at the International Forum on Polar Bear Conservation that will help polar bears persist across their Arctic range. The commitments were made at a forum in Russia supported by WWF. “The Arctic States’ response goes some way toward guaranteeing a future for these magnificent animals,” says Jim […]

Nov 132013
 
Wind Turbines and Birds: Incompatible?

One reason alternative energy as a home power source (and beyond) is so popular is that it’s supposed to be better for the environment. It’s nonpolluting, doesn’t involve harmful extraction and refining techniques, and it’s highly scalable. But what if it had unintended consequences? That’s long been a concern with wind energy, an energy source […]

May 152013
 
US windfarms avoiding prosecution for eagle deaths

More than 83,000 hunting birds are killed by windfarms each year but no wind energy company has been fined. The Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a windfarm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation […]