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“Study: Taller Wind Turbines Kill More Birds”

Bird kills due to collisions with wind turbines are on the rise, and taller turbines seem to increase mortality rates, The Journal Record reports. Scientists say research is hampered because there is no regulation that requires collision studies or reports be made public.

We acquired a large number of studies, but there also appears to be a certain proportion of studies that are not made available,” Loss said. “It is therefore uncertain whether the publicly available data provides a good representation of actual mortality.” However, as part of the larger review, Loss said OSU researchers found that turbines kill fewer total birds than other threats such as cats and collisions with windows. There was evidence for lower average mortality rates in the Great Plains compared to mountainous regions of the East and California, Loss said.

Read more at: journalrecord.com

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