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PubTalk 7/2012 — Wind Energy and Wildlife

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-- the challenges of wind-energy development and wildlife conservation

by Manuela Huso, Research Statistician


  • Wind-power development in the United States is increasing exponentially, with proposals to provide 20% of the country's total power by 2030.
  • High numbers of bird and bat carcasses at some wind farms have raised concerns about the environmental effects of this rapidly expanding industry.
  • Why don't simple counts of carcasses beneath turbines provide reliable estimates of fatality?
  • What tools are scientists developing to accurately estimate wildlife fatalities and help identity options for monitoring and mitigation?




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