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Green energy threatens endangered vultures in southern Spain

A new study indicates that winds turbines could be contributing to the local extinction of an endangered vulture in southern Spain. ...The results suggest that if the number of wind turbines stays the same as it is today, the population will go extinct 10 years sooner than if there were no wind farms.

A new study indicates that winds turbines could be contributing to the local extinction of an endangered vulture in southern Spain.

Studies have concentrated on the number of bird collisions per turbine per year. According to a report in New Scientist, Martina Carrete of the Donana Biological Station in Seville and colleagues took a different approach.

They collated the number of vulture carcasses with found around 675 wind turbines in southern Spain, between 2004 to 2008, that showed characteristic evidence of wind turbine collision.

After using computer they could then see what the ultimate effect of the turbines will have on the Egyptian vulture over the next one hundred years. The results suggest that if the number of wind turbines stays the same as it is today, the population will go extinct 10 years sooner than if there were no wind farms.

A new study indicates that winds turbines could be contributing to the local extinction of an endangered vulture in southern Spain.

Studies have concentrated on the number of bird collisions per turbine per year. According to a report in New Scientist, Martina Carrete of the Donana Biological Station in Seville and colleagues took a different approach.

They collated the number of vulture carcasses with found around 675 wind turbines in southern Spain, between 2004 to 2008, that showed characteristic evidence of wind turbine collision.

After using computer they could then see what the ultimate effect of the turbines will have on the Egyptian vulture over the next one hundred years. The results suggest that if the number of wind turbines stays the same as it is today, the population will go extinct 10 years sooner than if there were no wind farms.


Source: http://www.barcelonareporte...

SEP 8 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/22084-green-energy-threatens-endangered-vultures-in-southern-spain
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