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Germany: “Not All Things Green Serve the Purpose of Nature Conservation”

Germany’s “energywende” threatens migratory bats

Forschungsverbund, Berlin — February 11, 2015

Numerous bats are killed by German wind turbines. The number of such turbines, already very high, is planned to be increased further. More than two-thirds of bats being killed by wind turbines on German ground are migrants on their way between summer and winter habitats. Due to its geographical location in Europe, Germany has consequently a central responsibility for the conservation of migratory bats.

Not all things that are called “green” serve the purpose of nature conservation. Currently, many wind turbines are erected in Germany in order to increase the production of renewable energy by 30 percent until 2020. These turbines kill bats and are in conflict with national and international nature conservation legislation and international treaties such as the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals which are applicable to migratory bats, and which has also been signed by Germany. Every year thousands of bats die because of wind turbines in Germany. Mitigation measures which are available to reduce the number of killed animals per turbine are available but not consistently put into practice.

Conservation agreements formulated as UN Conventions are not legally binding for the signing parties and have therefore no influence on licensing procedures. “We assume that only a fractional part of all 24,000 wind turbines constructed until 2014 meet the necessary standards for the conservation of protected species. Many, especially old, turbines run without any or only insufficiently implemented mitigation measures”, reports Christian Voigt, biologist and bat researcher at the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW). Together with other authors he has recently published an IZW study in the scientific journal “European Journal of Wildlife Research”, giving an overview on the issues generated by wind turbines for bat conservation.  Continue reading here….

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4 Comments on “Germany: “Not All Things Green Serve the Purpose of Nature Conservation””

  1. Christopher King February 11, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Is this what we really see as our future? When will the world wake up and acknowledge that big business is what this is all about. STOP killing the natural environment while expecting us to believe that it is being protected, SHAME on all of us for allowing this to continue. STOP THE MADNESS NOW!

    • Donna Quixote February 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

      Agreed Christopher. The biggest challenge is convincing those people who love these eco-crucifixes that they don’t do a lick of good for the environment. That’s a tall order….overcoming the brainwashing that the wind industry and our governments have pulled off.

  2. Marshall Rosenthal February 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

    Donna and Christopher, the green religion is based on a falsification of global climatological and geological history. Climategate is the memorial to this. This is really a cosmic crime that is being acted out on the world stage. Many people are being hurt by this, but the greenological fantasists think this is OK, as long as they don’t have to take the hit. The falsification was cooked up by the UN-IPCC in the 1980’s as a neo-Malthusian, (people hating) scheme to project the renewable energy industry into the world as a “savior”, to the perpetuation of a massive Ponzi scheme.
    Because this seems so grandiose, it has succeeded as the Big Lie, as compared with Hitler’s ‘big lie’. It has succeeded because those that understand this, and say so, “must be joking”.
    That is why this green religion is so dangerous.

  3. Alfred Alexander February 12, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Thank you for your work.
    I agree with the comments.

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