An international team of scientists finds that birds of prey are rarely found 4 times on plain surfaces where wind turbines are present
PARIS, France – Wind turbines act as the supreme "predator" in some ecosystems, worshiping birds at the top of the food chain and launching harmful effects overwhelmed by green energy advocates, scientists said on Monday, November 5th.
Wind is the fastest growing sector of renewable energy sources, which supplies about 4% of global demand for electricity.
About 17 million hectares – the Tunisian area – is currently being used to produce wind power around the world, and researchers have warned that developers have "underestimated greatly" the impact of game technology on the game.
In a new study, the international team of scientists has studied the effects of wind agregate use in Western Ghats, a UNESCO list of mountains and forests that include the Indian west coast and the global "focal point" of biodiversity.
They found that birds of prey 4 times less frequently in plain areas where there was a wind turbine, a disruption that cascaded down a feeding chain and radically changed the density and behavior of bird birds.
Specifically, the team observed an explosion in a favorite meal of raisins, lizard lizards, in areas dominated by turbines.
Furthermore, they have seen significant changes in the behavior and appearance of the lizard, living as essentially without predators.
"What was remarkable for us were subtle changes in the behavior, morphology and physiology of these lizards," said Agence France-Press Maria Thaker, Assistant Professor of the Institute of Science and the Institute of Science in Ecology.
Since raptor levels fell around turbines, so is the rate of predatory attacks that the lizards had to face.
As a result, the team found that lizards living in and around the windmills reduced their vigilance to possible dangers.
By simulating "attacks on predators", people in the study could be five times closer to the lizard in the windmill zones than to live away from the turbine before the creatures escape.
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After testing, lizards near the windmill found that they had lower levels of stress hormone, which must have been for two decades, since windmills were built in western ghats.
It is well known that wind farms are harmful to birds, disrupting their migration patterns and causing an above-average mortality rate.
Thaker said the research published in Nature Ecology & Evolution has shown that wind farms have repeated the role of a top predator in the food chain by holding raptors.
"They activate changes in animal equilibrium in the ecosystem as if they were the best predators," she said.
"They are" predators "of raptors – not in the sense of killing them, but reducing the presence of rapier in those areas."
As human-induced carbon dioxide emissions continue to grow, Thaker said wind energy is vital to alleviating the consequences of climate change.
However, with evidence that the impact of wind power went further into Earth ecosystems than previously thought, he called for greater consideration of the environmental impact of the vital green energy source.
"It took decades for scientists to realize that wind turbines have a negative impact on the flying birds," said Thaker.
"We need to be smart about how to implement green energy solutions, reduce our trace on the planet, and put turbines in places that have already been disrupted – for example on buildings." – Rappler.com
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