Wind Turbines Cause Harm To Bat Populations

Bats in a cave in the Tehachapi Mountains

A study published in a German scientific journal this summer indicates that wind turbines in one area may pose a serious risk to populations of bats over the better part of a continent. The┬ástudy, performed by researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), showed that pipistrelle bats killed at German wind turbines likely originated from countries as distant as Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltic countries, and Russia. An estimated 200,000 bats are killed each year at German wind turbines, raising the possibility that Germany will become a sink for European bat populations — and raising troubling implications about the effect of wind turbines on California bats.

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