11 Aug '11, 12am

Offshore wind farms are GOOD for #biodiversity, say researchers - #nature #oceans #renewable #energy

It is the evidence proponents of offshore wind farms have been waiting for: a Dutch study has found that offshore wind turbines have "hardly any negative effects" on wildlife, and may even benefit animals living beneath the waves. The researchers reached their conclusions after studying a wind farm near Windpark Egmond aan Zee, the first large-scale offshore wind farm built off the Dutch North Sea coast. FURTHER READING Updated: Vattenfall, Technip and AREG seek consent for offshore wind demo site You havin' a giraffe? Anti-wind farm campaigners have often argued that wind farms can have a negative impact on bird populations, while some critics have voiced concerns that offshore wind farms could prove disruptive to marine life. However, Professor Han Lindeboom from the Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies at Wageningen University and Research centre, said t...

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