August 26, 2008

Beware of wind energy side effects

Aside from its unprofitability forecast, maybe Shell knows something about wind energy that we don't when they pulled out of their UK offshore wind farm investment.

According to this article from New Scientist, a study shows that the moving blades from wind turbines can cause a drop in pressure that makes the delicate lungs of bats suddenly expand and burst. This is known as a barotrauma, and is well-known to scuba divers.

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