Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wind turbines kill 600,000 bats a year in the US alone

From Science Times
Wind turbines killed hundreds of thousands of bats in 2012 in the United States, according to an article by Mark Hayes of the University of Colorado. Hayes took the number of dead bats from 21 wind turbine locations and inferred the number of nationwide bat deaths, arriving at the conservative estimate of 600,000 bats killed in 2012. But the real toll, Hayes notes, may be as high as 900,000.
Bats, several of which are endangered species in the US, are apparently killed either by the blades or by barotrauma. Evidence for the latter are lung or middle ear hemorrhages. 100% of dead bats had the latter, whereas only 46% had physcial trauma. In the vernacuylar, barorauma is where the pressure differences around the blades or in their tiny and vital ears are blown out by the blades. I wonder how many more lose their hearing and starve to death?

Envoironmentalists are cruel bastards

I love bats, but they reproduce slowly. The study confirms other work. Bird kill numbers around wind power stations are also enormous.

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