Category: Rhode Island

Strong Effects of Climate Change on Common Bird Populations

Scientists have shown for the first time that common bird populations are responding to climate change in a similar pronounced way in both Europe and the USA. An international team of researchers led by Durham University, UK, found that populations of bird species expected to do well due to climate change had substantially outperformed those […]

Bird Language

All language, human and otherwise, revolves around turning meaningless sounds into something more. It’s widely accepted that many non-human animals use what’s called referential communication — specific sounds mean specific things to the receiver. Beyond that, there are two kinds of syntax that make speech more complicated, but also more useful: phonological and compositional. Humans have […]

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the USA

The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying. When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be found. Wind was free, natural, harnessing Earth’s bounty for the benefit of all mankind, sounded like a good idea. Wind turbines, like solar […]

Wintering Bats in Rhode Island

Several species of bats that spend the summer in Rhode Island have experienced dramatic declines in their populations because of white-nose syndrome, the fungal disease discovered in 2007 that infects bats in the caves and mines where they hibernate for the winter. Little brown bats, for instance, the most abundant species in the region prior […]

Wednesday February 24th, 2016 in Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Count Vlad, News, Research, Rhode Island | Comments Off on Wintering Bats in Rhode Island

End The Wind PTC And Business-Government Cronyism – OpEd

New York State and US wind power is an expensive, ecologically harmful scam As the Batavia Daily News observed recently, Invenergy is eagerly waiting for this “Lame Duck” Congress to extend the decades-old federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for industrial wind facilities. Meanwhile, thousands of local tax- and rate-paying citizens are eagerly awaiting the expiration […]

Wednesday December 12th, 2012 in Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Scotland, Texas, Washington, West Virgina, Wind Power Technology, Wyoming | Comments Off on End The Wind PTC And Business-Government Cronyism – OpEd

Deepwater Wind Studies Avian Activity

Deepwater Wind says it invested more than $7 million in the effort, which involved dozens of experts such as biologists and ecologists with expertise in avian, marine mammal and fish species and their habitats; terrestrial and marine archaeologists; electrical, civil, structural, acoustic and marine engineers; architects; wetlands scientists; statisticians; and many others. Based on this […]

Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 in Bats, Birds, News, Research, Rhode Island, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Deepwater Wind Studies Avian Activity