Category: West Virgina

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 […]

Wind Turbines killed 600,000 Bats Last Year

More than 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines in 2012, a serious blow to creatures who pollinate crops and help control flying insects, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver. “The development and expansion of wind energy facilities is a key threat to bat populations in North America,” said […]

Tuesday December 24th, 2013 in Alps Bats, Articles, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Research, Tennessee, Texas Bats, West Virgina, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Turbines killed 600,000 Bats Last Year

Wind Turbines Killed 600,000 Bats Last Year

More than 600,000 bats were killed by wind energy turbines in 2012, a serious blow to creatures who pollinate crops and help control flying insects, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver. “The development and expansion of wind energy facilities is a key threat to bat populations in North America,” said […]

Friday November 15th, 2013 in Alps Bats, Articles, Bats, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas Bats, West Virgina, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Wind Turbines Killed 600,000 Bats Last Year

Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

The general impact of wind turbines on the environment is likely far less than that of conventional power sources. However, recent evidence shows that certain species of bats are particularly susceptible to mortality from wind turbines. Bats are beneficial consumers of harmful insect pests, and migratory species of bats cross international and interstate boundaries. Dead […]

Sunday January 13th, 2013 in Alps Bats, Bats, California, California Bats, Cape Cod Bats, Texas, Texas Bats, West Virgina, Wind Power Technology | Comments Off on Bat Fatalities at Wind Turbines

Feds Look the Other Way as Wind Farms Kill Birds

Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened — and each time, the federal government looked the other way. Fast forward to last week. Following the deaths of a […]