Wind Energy vs. The Birds

wind_js.jpgNo matter how “good” something is, there’s sometimes a point where it grows to the point of conflict. Enter the windmill and the birds. In addition to being “unsightly” to some people, wind turbines have a nasty reputation for killing birds. Just how many are killed, and how big a problem it really is depends on a lot of factors. Making bigger towers that turn more slowly may help, but it’s another challenge to work out on the long road to sustainability.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

One response

  1. Hey, Nick–
    First, great to see you’ve got the site going — looks great! Welcome to the Sustainable Blogosphere!
    On windmills and birds: yes, birds die in windmills, but this conflict seems to be brought up most by conservative voices not in favor of alternative energy production in the first place. If you Google “birds and windmills,” the one of the highest-ranking items is from WorldnetDaily… Here’s some good information. Take a look at the this column, and also the executive summary of the Chautauqua report linked at the bottom.
    http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~insrisg/nature/nw04/0509Windmills.htm
    Best of luck with TriplePundit — you’re off to a great start!
    Best,
    Jeff
    sustainablog: http://sustainablog.blogspot.com

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