Ecological impacts of wind farms on birds: Questions, hypotheses, and research needs

Shifeng Wang*, Sicong Wang, Pete Smith

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Wind power is increasingly being used worldwide as an important contribution to renewable energy, due to its low greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. However, it has been suggested that the development of wind power has caused an adverse impacts on birds. We summarise current evidence of bird fatalities resulting from wind power, outline the reasons why and how birds are killed by wind power developments, and identify research needs to better inform researchers, decision makers, developers and other stakeholders, to help mitigate any adverse impacts of wind power developments on birds. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-607
Number of pages9
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume44
Early online date22 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

Keywords

  • wind energy
  • bird fatality
  • habitat
  • ecosystem
  • renewable energy
  • energy development
  • collision
  • mortality
  • bats
  • risk

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