Flowers can hear buzzing bees—and it makes their nectar sweeter

This new study raises another question on Industrialization of agricultural and wilderness areas.  What is the effect of continued low frequency noise on plants? For crops like corn that are pollinated by wind this might not be an issue, But for other crops this might have negative effects if plants increase nectar sugars expecting pollinators … Continue reading Flowers can hear buzzing bees—and it makes their nectar sweeter

Wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune

(European) Robin hushed: wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune December 20, 2018 | Mark Whittingham | theconversation.com Roman Teteruk/Shutterstock Mark Whittingham, Newcastle University Wind turbines are a leading source of green energy which could supply 12% of the world’s energy by 2020. But their use is often criticised for its impact on wildlife, particularly … Continue reading Wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune

Wind farms accelerate Dupont’s Lark declines

A new study has revealed the impact of wind farms on Dupont's Lark populations in central Spain. 01/02/2018 | birdguides.com Dupont's Lark is a notoriously shy species which is difficult to observe well. It is found across North Africa and Spain, and is considered Near Threatened. It is a short-distance disperser, with some studies suggesting that adults … Continue reading Wind farms accelerate Dupont’s Lark declines

Wind farm ‘predator’ effect hits ecosystems: study

Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems: study November 5, 2018 | Patrick Galey | phys.org Journal reference: Nature Ecology & Evolution Wind farms act as a top "predator" in some ecosystems, harming birds at the top of the food chain and triggering a knock-on effect overlooked by green energy advocates, scientists said Monday. Wind is the fastest-growing … Continue reading Wind farm ‘predator’ effect hits ecosystems: study

Why Wind Power Isn’t the Answer: turbines would have to be stacked across the American landscape.

Why Wind Power Isn’t the Answer: As a new study confirms, turbines would have to be stacked across state-sized swaths of the American landscape. October 30, 2018 | Robert Bryce  | City Journal On October 8, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning that nations around the world must cut their greenhouse-gas emissions drastically … Continue reading Why Wind Power Isn’t the Answer: turbines would have to be stacked across the American landscape.

Clearing of habitats for wind turbines is causing a 10 per cent decline in birds populations in the surrounding area.

A new study has revealed that the clearing of habitats to make wind turbines is causing a 10 per cent decline in birds populations in the surrounding area. 'Our study shows that wind farms have different effects on different bird species depending on the habitats they use and how these habitats are affected by wind … Continue reading Clearing of habitats for wind turbines is causing a 10 per cent decline in birds populations in the surrounding area.

Large-scale wind power has its down side – Harvard Gazette

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY The down side to wind power. Wind farms will cause more environmental impact than previously thought. October 4, 2018 | Leah Burrows | The Harvard Gazette When it comes to energy production, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, unfortunately. As the world begins its large-scale transition toward low-carbon energy sources, it … Continue reading Large-scale wind power has its down side – Harvard Gazette

U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center Overview As with many land uses, trade-offs exist between costs and benefits. New wind developments are occurring rapidly in parts of the United States, often leaving little time for evaluation of potential site-specific effects. These developments are known to affect wildlife, directly from fatality due to collision … Continue reading U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center