Bats take dangerous flight into the wind farm

Researchers from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin tracked the flight paths of noctule bats, Nyctalus noctula, using the latest GPS tracking devices.

Wind turbines attract bats. They seem to appear particularly appealing to female noctule bats in early summer.

In a pilot study, researchers of the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin noticed this when they tracked the flight paths of noctule bats, Nyctalus noctula, using the latest GPS tracking devices.

The bats managed to take even seasoned experts by surprise.

The motive behind the study is the conflict between the exploitation of wind energy and the conservation of the protected bats.

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Wind turbines killing more than just local birds

Wind turbines are known to kill large birds, such as golden eagles, that live nearby. Now there is evidence that birds from up to hundreds of miles away make up a significant portion of the raptors that are killed at these wind energy fields.

Using DNA from tissue and stable isotopes from the feathers of golden eagle carcasses, researchers from Purdue University and the U.S. Geological Survey found that golden eagles killed at the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area in northern California can come from hundreds of miles away.

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Wind farms killing more bats than expected

Hawaiian hoary batAs wind farms statewide are killing more Hawaiian hoary bats than expected, a Maui wind farm is asking the state to increase the number of endangered bats and nenes it’s allowed to incidentally kill.

Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt generation facility that ascends the slopes of the West Maui Mountains above Maalaea, wants to increase its number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 adults over the next 15 years. It has already exceeded its bat permitted fatalities.

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Legal Group Says Elements Inside State Dept Hiding Shady Information About Paris Deal

A conservative legal group said Wednesday that elements within the Trump administration are hiding evidence showing government officials coordinated with outside lobbying groups while negotiating aspects of the Paris agreement on climate change.

Attorneys for the Department of State filed court documents Monday in response to an E&E Legal’s open records request for the agency’s correspondence with lobbying groups. Officials are withholding the information despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nonbinding climate accord.

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WaPo Points Out Flaws With Solar Power After Trump Suggests Putting Panels On The Border Wall

The Washington Post is very skeptical of President Donald Trump’s proposal to cover the U.S.-Mexico border wall he’s promised to build with solar panels.

The paper was quick to point to past reporting on the pitfalls of using solar panels to help pay for a border wall. It’s a big turn from WaPo’s usually positive stance on solar panels as a way to fight global warming.

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1936 heat wave culminated 75 years ago today; 50 deaths resulted

It was so hot in 1936, people slept outdoors.

It’s July. It’s Illinois. It’s hot. It’s normal.

But 75 years ago, summer 1936 was anything but normal for Springfield and the rest of the Midwest.

Four of Springfield’s 10 hottest days ever came during July 1936, including a then-all-time high of 110 degrees on July 14. That record was broken on the same date in 1954, which registered a high of 112.

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Rick Perry floats adversarial ‘red teams’ to resolve climate debate

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday proposed using a process floated by a former Obama administration official to resolve the debate over global warming by allowing government scientists to hash out the facts through an open “adversarial” process.

“It’s a great opportunity for this country to have a conversation about the climate and get the politics out of it, and bring the scientists together,” Perry said while answering questions at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the fiscal 2018 budget.

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We pay a fortune for renewable energy when we should be exploiting fossil fuels

Sens. Matt Canavan and Ian Macdonald with ‘Don’t take my coal job and I won’t take your soy latte’ stickers. Sally Rugg via Twitter

QUEENSLAND must set itself up as the “cheap power” capital of Australia to make the most of our abundant resources and kickstart our economy.

Forget “green energy” – until the technology to make it viable is invented – let’s withdraw from the Paris Agreement and let’s throw open the doors to business.

Why should we allow other countries to dictate how we power our industry and economy? Especially when Australia’s CO2 emissions are about 1 percent of the global total?

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Paris climate signatory offers oil firms record number of Arctic leases

Norway on Wednesday proposed to open up a record number of blocks in the Barents Sea to oil exploration despite protests from environmentalists and others fearing possible damage to the Arctic region.

The Norwegian oil and energy ministry offered oil companies 93 blocks in the Barents Sea and nine others in the Norwegian Sea, all located beyond the Arctic Circle.

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Trump Goes To Iowa And Rips Into Obama’s Global Warming Agenda

President Donald Trump went back into campaign mode Wednesday night in Iowa with a speech to supporters highlighting his agenda, including repealing a slew of Obama-era energy and environment regulations.

“No longer will the EPA be telling you how to run your business or do your job or live your life,” Trump said at his first rally since April.

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Syfy’s ‘Blood Drive’ Blames Fracking for Its Dystopian America

Syfy’s new show, Blood Drive, centers itself on a dystopian world destroyed by climate change. As a result, anyone who wants a decent life must partake in a gruesome race using cars powered by human blood. Syfy‘s description of the show is: “The Future: where water is as scarce as oil, and climate change keeps the temperature at a cool 115 in the shade. It’s a place where crime is so rampant that only the worst violence is punished.”

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Progressives No Longer Burn Books; They ‘Recycle’ Them

Mike Szydlowski, science coordinator for the Columbia, Missouri, Public Schools district, knew exactly what to do with a copy of an unwanted book he received in the mail. According to the Columbia Missourian, he “promptly recycled it.”

Szydlowski had no hesitation sharing this information with the local newspaper for the reason that Columbia is a university town. He could safely presume that most people in town, certainly all of its thinking people, thought the way he did.

Not content to recycle his own copy, Szydlowski boasted to Missourian reporter Olivia DeSmit, “I immediately took a photo of the book and sent it to the rest of the department telling them to also recycle it.” In this context, of course, “recycle” means “throw away.” In an age less sensitive to climate change, he would have simply burned it. In either case, the intent is to stamp out the heresy before it spreads.

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