30 Apr '12, 3pm

Do wind farms really cause climate change? Nope

A number of news outlets have picked up a recent paper that looks at the local land surface temperature impacts of large wind farms. This has resulted in a number of headlines like “Wind farms can cause climate change ” and “Wind farms linked to temperature increase ” (see additional stories here , here and here ). This wording is deeply misleading in this context and conflates small-scale, local impacts on nighttime land surface temperatures and global climate disruption. Using the same language to describe these two very different phenomena blatantly ignores the profound differences in magnitude, scope and severity that separate them. It’s like equating a bumblebee with Mothra. If you read the text of these stories, you’ll discover that the paper’s findings don’t match the gravity implied by their silly headlines. For example, the telegraph story linked above says that “...

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