11 Dec '11, 3pm

Arizona argument: The impact of renewable energy

Arizona argument: The impact of renewable energy

The Sonora desert is rich in biodiversity (eg, the biggest cactus, Carnegiea gigantean) via Shutterstock Green versus, well, green too, face off in a problem that faces those who care about the American west, including Jeffrey Lovich and Joshua Ennen of the US Geological Survey, who co-wrote this important article. Solar power and the Arizona desert is a good fit, with the highest radiation in North America, as shown in this map. Hundreds of thousands of hectares will be affected soon by the construction of photovoltaic power generators and various offsite effects. These basic impacts of renewable energy are listed as habitat fragmentation, dust creation, pollution by varied chemicals and heat and light generation. We can assume various wildlife species could be heavily influenced by this change, throughout the south-west. That argument leads to further conclusions on wher...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/arizona-argument-impact-...

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