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Bid to keep wind farms in distance

Councillors in Huntingdonshire are being asked to back a bid which could set a minimum distance of two kilometres between wind farms and homes. Nearly 800 people signed a petition calling on Huntingdonshire District Council to draw up a policy on the location of wind farms and housing - well over the 500 limit required to force a debate on the issue.
22 Apr 2011

Wind turbines unpopular thanks to environmentalists

The turbine enthusiasts of yore are horrified at Flevoland where turbines sprouted arbitrarily in the landscape. The turbines have become much bigger, environmentalists concede. They have become more understanding of protests against the visual pollution of the landscape, especially if it is allowed to go on without any cohesive environmental planning.
21 Apr 2011

Landscape under threat

The John Muir Trust is a wild land conservation charity. SNH statistics show that the percentage of Scotland's natural landscape visually unaffected by built development dropped from 41% in 2002 to 28% in 2009. This was mostly due to industrial-scale wind developments and infra-structure.
14 Apr 2011

Wind farm protest hits new heights

“Not only will turbines be visible from our towns and villages; but the SUP, with turbines along this section, will no longer be a tranquil upland route and the spectacular open view west from the Three Brethren will be gone – at least for our lifetime.”
1 Apr 2011

Protesters buoyed by wind turbine KO

Members rejected the appeal last week on the grounds that the existing level of wind turbine development in the Eastern Lammermuirs was such that the environment was prejudiced beyond reasonable measure to permit further turbines. In particular, members felt that any turbines of this nature and size in this general location would definitely impact to the detriment of the Area of Great Landscape Value.
3 Mar 2011

Coming soon to a view near you: 600 of these

Wealthier people than us have more influence. So, they want to impose this on Le Tréport, where the less well off have to feed their families from the money they earn from the sea. It is appalling." However, Olivier is hopeful that it is not too late to fight the proposals: "We have initiatives in place, and are talking to EDF Energies. It is not a done deal yet. The more people who protest, the better."
1 Mar 2011

Landmark Scottish lighthouse to be "obliterated" by massive offshore windfarm

It is one of Scotland's most famous and impressive Victorian structures but the Skerryvore lighthouse off the coast of Tiree could soon be lost from view. Islanders campaigning against the siting of a massive off-shore windfarm to the southwest of Tiree have warned that the Stevenson-built structure will be hidden in a forest of massive turbines is ScottishPower is given the go-ahead for the Argyll Array.
21 Feb 2011

When it comes to windfarms, I don't feel bad about nimbyism

In a paper entitled Windfarms: Time to Change Direction? the Northamptonshire branch of CPRE said the organisation should "re-evaluate" its support for [wind farms] in the light of new evidence suggesting "that the generation of electricity from wind is not an effective way of reducing carbon emissions". There are lots of reasons for believing this, but the main one is probably the fact that there is as yet no economic way of storing electricity.
4 Feb 2011

In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green' companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.
30 Jan 2011

Forestry team takes a stand against wind farm developer

"This would be thoroughly unwelcome," he said. "There is ample evidence from around the world that bird strike on wind turbines is a serious issue. On the one hand you are promoting a community forest for nature conservation, including birds such as black grouse, capercaillie and peregrine falcon, and then you bring a wind farm."
4 Jan 2011

"Scandal that authorities ignore people's concerns"

The ongoing expansion of wind power is an intrusion into the countryside, with a extent and effect comparable with the 1900s expansion of hydro power in the rivers in north Sweden. Wind turbines have a significant visual impact on landscape and the anxiety that they create must be taken seriously. There has been no serious research into how they affect people. It can almost be considered a violation of human rights when local opinions are met with indifference by government authorities.
30 Dec 2010
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