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Wind turbines kill golden eagles and make bats implode

by | 16th, September 2013

In this April 18, 2013, photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine on Duke energy's top of the world windfarm in Converse County Wyo. The company has reported 10 golden eagle deaths since it started operation in 2009. It's the not-so-green secret of the nation's wind-energy boom: Spinning turbines are killing thousands of federally protected birds, including eagles, each year. (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello)

WIND turbines are good for nature. So goes the theory? What about birds?
Anne Youngman, Scottish officer at the  Bat Conservation Trust, said:

“People think the danger is bats getting hit by the blade but the danger is barotrauma, where they are popped from the inside. There are many risks to bats but when you add wind turbines it could be the final nail in the coffin. It had no signs of external trauma. That, to me, suggests it suffered internally.”

newly published study by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers says that wind energy facilities have killed at least 85 golden and bald eagles between 1997 and 2012—and that eagle fatalities possibly may be much higher.



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