TOWARDS A WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY THAT MINIMISES ITS IMPACTS ON BIRDS
Samantha Ralston

BirdLife South Africa

 

Abstract
Wind turbines in wind-farms have been shown in studies across the world to kill large numbers of birds, and, in some cases, are predicted to drive certain species to extinction. On the other hand, proponents for wind energy often suggest that the number of birds killed by wind turbines is small and insignificant when compared to the numbers killed by cats, cars and buildings.Like most things, the truth lies somewhere in between and is far more complex. BirdLife South Africa, together with its partner, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, have developed tools to help ensure that decisions are taken based on best available science. However, with few operational turbines in South Africa, predicting the impacts on birds can be challenging. Quality data are essential to help unravel fact from fiction when it comes to understanding and critically, minimising the impacts of wind energy on birds.

 

Presentation Topic
TOWARDS A WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY THAT MINIMISES ITS IMPACTS ON BIRDS
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