30 Apr '12, 4pm

Wind farms DO NOT cause climate change

A study that just came out in Nature Climate Change found that wind farms can impact local temperatures, particularly at night. Basically, the turbines mix warmer air from high up with colder air closer the ground. Hence, warmer air overall, in these very local spots. So, of course, Fox News is telling people that “New research shows wind farms cause global warming.” Not to be out-crazied, the Telegraph is going with “Wind farms can cause climate change.” Gizmodo at least uses the word “local” in its headline . But unfortunately such restraint hasn’t stopped the internet from deciding, as this apparently very patriotic gentleman on Twitter demonstrates, that “Wind farms = worse for local climate change than 100 years of pollution (0.6 degree F).” Which, FINE, the scientists report that the temperature changes they’ve documented, “if spatially large enough, may have noticea...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/wind-farms-do-not-cause-climate-cha...

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