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2007-05-07 12:00:00

The Altamont windmills spin fast this time of year. So, too, spin the minds of scientists charged with weighing the pros and cons of wind energy. A congressionally mandated study released last week says that as more states attempt to harness the wind, government should control more closely where windmills are allowed to sprout -- perhaps saving birds and bats from being chopped up by blades as big as airplane wings. Wind energy has quadrupled since 2000, the study by the National Academy of...

2005-10-30 12:05:00

By Carolyn Abate San Francisco -- The wind farm at Altamont Pass produces clean electricity for tens of thousands of homes. The windmills also kill a large number of migratory birds passing through the region east of San Francisco. Two environmental groups are going to court with the ultimate aim of shutting down the farm for three months during the migration season to help protect red-tail hawks, golden eagles, and other raptors killed by the mills. On Friday, the nonprofit group...

2005-10-29 18:54:07

By Carolyn Abate San Francisco (Reuters) - The wind farm at Altamont Pass produces clean electricity for tens of thousands of homes. The windmills also kill a large number of migratory birds passing through the region east of San Francisco. Two environmental groups are going to court with the ultimate aim of shutting down the farm for three months during the migration season to help protect red-tail hawks, golden eagles, and other raptors killed by the mills. On Friday, the...

2005-07-05 16:00:47

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Wind turbines producing "green"energy kill many fewer birds than previously thought and poseless of a threat to avian life than cars, a study by the DutchBird Protection charity and power utility Nuon showed. The study, published on Wednesday, was based on resultsfrom three wind farms. It showed each turbine killed an average28 birds per year, a third of what had been assumed on thebasis of research conducted in the 1980s. "The mathematical model which was used up...


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