Wilderness Wipeout: Giant Wind & Solar Farms Destroying Pristine Wildlife Habitats

Pristine wilderness: see it before it’s too late.

 

The scale of the environmental destruction wreaked by giant wind and solar farms is out of all proportion to the economic benefits they provide; if any. Apart from the subsidies they attract, STT can’t think of any.

Wiping out entire forest habitats is all part of our ‘inevitable’ transition to a wind powered future. Across Germany, millions of acres of forest have been clear-felled and great swathes cut through others, to allow some 30,000 of these things to be speared across Deutschland.

The same wanton destruction has been integral to Scotland’s wind power disaster, where, so far, 13,900,000 trees have been chainsawed and/or bulldozed out of existence.

But the destruction of critical wildlife habitat is only the beginning. Now, environmental researchers are having second thoughts about purportedly ‘planet saving’ wind and solar.

Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas
BBC News
Matt McGrath
25 March 2020

Wind, solar and hydro power installations pose a growing threat to key conservation areas, say researchers.

Researchers found that over 2,200 green energy plants have been built within the boundaries of the Earth’s remaining wilderness.

They say that around 17% of renewable facilities globally are located in protected regions.

A further 900 plants are now being developed in key areas of biodiversity.

The amount of renewable energy facilities in use around the world has essentially tripled over the last 20 years.

Green energy facilities are often much larger than fossil fuel power plants, with wind and solar needing areas of land up to 10 times greater than coal or gas to produce the same amount of energy.

Now researchers say that often these solar, wind and hydro schemes have been built in areas of environmental significance and pose a threat to key natural habitats.

The team mapped the locations of around 12,500 of these installations. They found that more than 2,200 were built in wilderness, protected regions and key biodiversity areas.

Some 169 were found in strictly managed protected areas where no development activity at all should occur.

“Energy facilities and the infrastructure around them, such as roads and increased human activity, can be incredibly damaging to the natural environment,” said lead author Jose Rehbein, from the University of Queensland, Australia.

“These developments are not compatible with biodiversity conservation efforts.”

The researchers say that energy projects like solar farms often necessitate new roads, and the people who come in to service these installations sometimes build settlements near them.

Western European countries are the worst offenders at the moment, with Germany having 258 facilities in key conservation areas.

Spain has similar numbers of installations, while China has 142.

One big concern from the researchers is the likely expansion of the demand for renewables particularly in Africa and Asia.

The researchers say the number of active renewable energy facilities within important conservation lands could increase by 42% over the next eight years.

In countries like India and Nepal, for example, hydropower is seeing a real boom. Nepal has over 100 facilities within protected areas, while India has 74 under development in important conservation zones.

“In most cases it’s just weak planning,” said Dr James Allan from the University of Amsterdam, a senior author on the paper.

“So in the Selous world heritage site in Tanzania, the government has just given the go ahead for a massive dam, a huge hydropower project which will really destroy a large area of that national park.”

Over the past 18 months, there has been a growing concern about the extinction crisis being seen around the world and much research has been published linking it to climate change.

But while many developing countries are doing their best to tackle rising carbon emissions through switching to renewable energy, the irony is that they are increasing the threat to species when these facilities are installed in protected areas.

The authors of the report say that greater care must be taken when planning and permitting renewable facilities.

“If we let these developments go ahead, the biodiversity will be gone long before climate change starts affecting it,” said Dr Allan.

“We acknowledge that there is a risk that we will arm some sceptics, but anyone who reads the work will understand that we are not saying that renewables are bad, we just need to put them in the right places.”

The study has been published in the journal, Global Change Biology.
BBC

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  1. Reblogged this on Gds44's Blog.

  2. “We acknowledge that there is a risk that we will arm some sceptics, but anyone who reads the work will understand that we are not saying that renewables are bad, we just need to put them in the right places.”
    Presumably the “right places” means the environment in which homo sapiens lives, clearly not part of the biodiversity that warrants saving?

  3. Jacqueline Rovensky says:

    “…needing areas of land up to 10 times greater than coal or gas to produce the same amount of energy.”
    “If we let these developments go ahead, the biodiversity will be gone long before climate change starts affecting it,” said Dr Allan.
    “We acknowledge that there is a risk that we will arm some sceptics, but anyone who reads the work will understand that we are not saying that renewables are bad, we just need to put them in the right places.”
    Ah some significant quoting from the above article goes a long way to highlight what we have been saying for far too long – and they have just realised we are right.
    What they did not say though was that erecting these projects next to protected areas and areas of environmental significance can and do cause just as much destruction and permanent harm as building them inside these areas.
    Are they referring to people like us who are and have been sceptical for a long time – well so be it we were and we were right to be. We have long said they need to be placed in the ‘right places’ and this includes NOT NEXT TO HUMAN BEINGS, as we are also in need of protection from the harmful emissions of noise/sound and other pollutants.
    We are part of our world environment and it is we who protect the environment and all that lives within it, we cannot be ignored and pushed aside as unworthy of consideration in the installation of turbines and yes, massive solar plants.
    Its about time this nightmare stopped and this current time could be providing people with the time to reassess and contemplate what damage has already been done in the name of ‘saving the earth’.
    Time to reflect how the media and self interest has damaged the worlds environments for no environmental gain, time to reflect what damage has been done to communities who have been forced to live with the desires of fools or leave their homes, communities and lifestyle in the name of ‘progress to a clean environment’.
    This time is seeing the emissions so often claimed to be destroying the world clear within days of cessation of industry and transport due to the current medical pandemic, indicating the occurrence is not permanent and therefore there is time to reconsider the forceful push to change the way we produce energy.
    Enabling us to move more slowly and more thoughtfully into changing the way energy production is undertaken.
    Giving time for cleaner ways to build plants and utilise coal, to build and use nuclear plants, to improve emissions from vehicles and to design and build more appropriate houses, office buildings, factories and to find ways to improve the energy use in existing buildings.
    There is time to do all the things we need to do to ensure our environments are saved for all.
    SO LETS START TO WORK TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL and not just to smooth the way for money hungry, greedy people to make a profit at every other persons and the environments expense.

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