Study: Wind Turbines Killed 600,000 Bats Last Year

Wind turbines killed more than half a million bats last year.
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Nov. 11, 2013, 6:55 a.m.

Wind power may be good for the en­vir­on­ment, but it’s come at the ex­pense of more than a few bats, re­ports the Los Angeles Times.

A study pub­lished in BioS­cience found that 600,000 bats were killed in 2012 by U.S. wind tur­bines, and its au­thor said the “es­tim­ate of bat fatal­it­ies is prob­ably con­ser­vat­ive.” The highest con­cen­tra­tions of bat kills were found in the Ap­palachi­an Moun­tains.

Bat pop­u­la­tions are not eas­ily tracked, but even without firm fig­ures, sci­ent­ists say their num­bers are de­creas­ing. The study noted the im­port­ance of bats for eat­ing in­sects and pol­lin­at­ing plants.