Wind Energy Finds Fix for Exploding Bats

Wind Energy Finds Fix for Exploding Bats

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big-eared-bat.jpgResearchers think they are close to solving a problem with the giant wind turbines leading our way to energy independence, which also cause bats to explode.

When the creatures fly too close, they get caught in a vortex of low pressure created by the turbine blades that causes hemorrhaging in the bats’ lungs, similar to the divers’ condition known as the bends.

A soon-to-be-released study conducted last year finds that shutting down the turbines during low wind periods can reduce fatalities by more than 90 percent.

“We are all really excited about this,” said Laurie Jodziewicz of the American Wind Energy Association. “The industry takes this issue very seriously.”

(Read full report in Washington Times)

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