March 4 2014 – Castellón province, Spain
Five wind turbines have been dismantled, by court order. Only the masts remain in place. Health effects on neighbours were invoked.
Wind power opponents in the cross hairs
February 28th 2014
Wind2050: a dystopian society?
The World Council for Nature (WCFN) has been informed that Danish taxpayers’ money is being spent to the tune of €2,665,688 to spy on associations and citizens’ groups of windfarm victims (present or potential). The name of the program is “Wind2050 – Multidisciplinary study on local acceptance and development of wind power projects” (1). It is administered chiefly by the Danish multinational company Vestas, the Danish government, and Denmark’s Aarlborg University. Its aim is to break the resistance of windfarm neighbors and opponents to Big Wind in Denmark and around the world. Note: in Denmark alone there are more than 200 associations of neighbors fighting the windfarm scourge, and Vestas’ profits have taken a big plunge.
The anti-democratic nature of this surveillance and targeting of windfarm victims is disturbing. WCFN warns that the obsession of the Danish government with wind farms, anchored as elsewhere in the world in the financing needs of political parties (1), is driving it dangerously close to paternalistic totalitarianism.
Below: a map that the Wind2050 study has made of the web-links that connect most of the world’s windfarm victim groups to each other. It is a form of saying: we have identified the enemy, here he is. The CIA would proceed likewise with al Qaeda.
WCFN wishes to remind the public that the worst crimes against nature are or have been perpetrated by political regimes which are not balanced by effective counter-powers such as investigative media and an independent judicial system. In the former Soviet Union, the Sea of Aral was practically eraced from the map by the regime’s obsession with cotton production. In very much the same way, the Golden Eagle, other raptors and extremely useful species of bats are being wiped out from countries like the UK and the US because of their governments’ obsession with wind farms.
The much feared Orwellian society is dawning upon us, and “green shirts” are in the process of taking control of our lives, complete with “smart meters”, “smart grids” and imbecilic directives, with the help of self-serving politicians and pharaonic subsidies that corrupt anything they touch.
“Orwellian” is an adjective describing “the societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It connotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth…” (Wikipedia).
Indeed, the denial of any of the ill-effects of wind turbines is particularly obvious in today’s society: denial of the harm done to residents, and to biodiversity, landscapes, tourism, property values, the economy, sovereign debt and the price of electricity. Paid propagandists troll the Internet with a mission: to drown wind farm opponents under a deluge of half-truths so as to whitewash their industry which is essentially non-performing, extremely costly and harmful to people and the environment.
Are political correctness, corruption, and wind farms leading us to a dystopian society?
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press release from Windwahn:
(1) – Wind250 program: http://bit.ly/1fO8eDX
(2) – financing of political parties through wind farms http://wcfn.org/2014/02/10/not-renewable/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 Feb. 2017
The World Council for Nature (WCFN) is pleased to announce the nomination of Walgalu-Ngambri Aboriginal Elder Shane Mortimer as its General Coordinator for Australia.
Mr. Mortimer is well known in Australia for his fight
to protect the land, as well as the rights of his people.
As it were, the two issues are often one and the same.
He has also distinguished himself opposing wind
farms, a false solution to our energy needs promoted
by not-so-green activists and rent-seeking
opportunists, and which WCFN considers to be
immensely harmful in many ways.
Mr. Mortimer notes the failure of wind turbines and
solar plants in reducing CO2 content from the
atmosphere. Carbon sequestration is the solution, he
claims, the one that is done naturally by plants. Indeed,
scientific evidence shows that the restoration of
degraded grasslands creates organic topsoil rich in
carbon. This is a method of carbon sequestration that
has been overlooked by “green” activists and
politicians alike. According to the Savory Institute,
restored grasslands could rapidly eliminate from the
atmosphere all the CO2 emitted by man in the past 200
Says Shane Mortimer: “With proper restoration and
management of its vast grasslands, Australia could
even make money selling carbon certificates to major
polluters in the world. Other benefits would be
enhanced water retention, biodiversity, and even food
“Indeed”, he adds, “perennial grasses put a layer of
fresh water into the soil that forces the salt table down,
reversing salinity”. Regarding food crops, he draws
our attention to Microlaena stipoides, an Australian
perennial grass species which is the indigenous
replacement for wheat and rice. Its grains are high in
protein, and small-scale commercial production for
human consumption has commenced.
WCFN applauds the grasslands solution which, unlike
wind farms, solar plants, biofuels and biomass, would
not further degrade our planet – on the contrary. In
addition, Holistic Planned Grazing advocated by
world-famous biologist Allan Savory, could benefit
cattle and grasslands alike, and people by way of food
Says Mark Duchamp, of WCFN: “we recommend that
governments put an end to their destructive energy
policies. Rather than subsidizing ineffective and
harmful industries like wind, they should fund
research into the restoration of grasslands, as well as
practical experiments, pilot projects etc.
Mr. Mortimer will co-produce a documentary series
“Carbon – The Indigenous Grasslands Solution,” with
film maker Alan Lock and Agronomist/Native
Grasslands Specialist Paul Hodgkinson.
General-Coordinator Australia, WCFN
Phone: + 61 2 4822 6688 Mobile: + 61 437 377 369
Tel: +34 693 643 736
(1) – Savory Institute – Holistic Planned Grazing:
Extinct species are not “renewable”
photo credit: christophersisk.com
In response to Brussels’ public consultation, the World Council for Nature points a finger at systemic corruption
Open letter to the European Commission
Dear Sir or Madam,
Re: HT 359 – Consultation on Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection
The World Council for Nature hereby expresses its opposition to State aid in any form or shape to so-called renewable energies – for this is what your consultation is really about, under the cover of ”aid for environmental protection”.
Once burned to the ground to make room for biofuel crops for “green” Europeans, the Borneo forest is no longer “renewable”. Once extinct, the Orangutan won’t be ”renewable” either; you appear to be willfully ignoring this evidence. Nature on our shrinking planet is dying from trillions of cuts, and those made by subsidized wind farms, solar plants, biofuel, biomass – and invasive eucalyptus plantations for carbon credits – are causing irreversible damage to natural habitats. Biodiversity is facing its biggest threat ever because of your half-baked “green” policies.
photo credit: buscandoladolaverdad.blogspot.com
Before forcing Europeans to squander a trillion euros on ineffective energies, you should have done your homework. If you had, you would have realised that ”green” policies fail to deliver on their promises, causing tremendous harm and precious little benefit, if any. Europe, and indeed the world, would be better off without them. The price of electricity would not have skyrocketed as it did, causing fuel poverty and cross-border industry relocations. Countries like Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy would not have contracted so much debt and be so deep “in the hole”, with massive unemployment. The European countryside would have kept its amenity, residents their health, and birds and bats their lives.
Only systemic corruption can explain such a monumental blunder: politicians receive generous donations, and in exchange they vote huge subsidies to the donors. It’s the perfect scam, and you are responsible for the wanton destruction it is causing.
photo credit: http://www.teinteresa.es
The 2013 WCFN award has been bestowed to East County Magazine, for its commendable, continued effort to inform people of the threats against nature in Southern California.
We wish to honor in particlar its editor, Miriam Raftery.
Birds are being killed by solar plants
“The concentrated sunshine of tens of thousands of reflecting mirrors heats liquid on towers to drive steam turbines and create electricity, but also singes the wings of birds flying through the power plant’s footprint.” USA Today – The Desert Sun
Courtesy of: the Desert Sun, Palm Springs, California
From the article of K. Kaufmann, The Desert Sun, Nov. 10, 2013
“A small bird, barely the size of a human hand, had its wings reduced to a web of charred spines. No longer able to keep aloft, the bird was found on the ground after it had flown through the intense heat of a solar thermal project soon to go online in the California desert.”
Above: mirrors from solar thermal plants converge their heat towards a central tower.
“Of 34 birds reported dead or injured at Ivanpah in September, 15 had melted feathers. Dozens of other bird carcasses, not singed but with critical injuries, have been found in recent months at two solar projects about to go online on public land between Joshua Tree National Park and Blythe, Calif.”
“Along with radiation injuries, scientists are concerned about bird deaths linked to confusion because of the shimmering expanses of solar panels in the desert. At photovoltaic projects such as Desert Sunlight, dark, flat solar panels are spread out over hundreds of acres in what may look like a big lake to migrating birds flying overhead.
“Water or shore birds attempting to land on the panels either could hit them with enough force to injure themselves or, stranded on dry land, be unable to take off again.
“Autopsies have shown the cause of death for many birds at Desert Sunlight has been blunt force trauma when the animals collide with panels mistaken for water…”
The African lion in danger
A petition from Avaaz:
Amazing win! A South African court just ruled that the government violated our right to free speech when they tore down ads calling for the protection of South Africa’s lions — and we’re all over the news. Let’s use this momentum to get our petition to 1 million and save the lions:
Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered to make bogus sex potions for men. But we can stop this cruel trade by hitting the government where it hurts — the tourism industry.
A global ban on tiger bone sales has traders hunting a new prize — the majestic lions. Lions are farmed under appalling conditions in South Africa for “canned hunting”, where rich tourists pay thousands to shoot them through fences. Now experts say lion bones from these killing farms are being exported to phony ‘medicine’ makers in Asia for record profits. Trade is exploding and experts fear that as prices rise, even wild lions — with only 20,000 left in Africa — will come under poaching attack.
If we can show President Zuma that this brutal trade is hurting South Africa’s image as a tourist destination, he could ban the trade in lion bones. Avaaz is taking out strong ads in airports, tourism websites and magazines, but we urgently need 1 million petition signers to give the ads their force. Sign below and forward this email to build our numbers fast:
‘Tiger bone wine’ and other tiger-part medicines were banned after massive international outrage — now traders have shifted their attention to lions’ bones to make all kinds of bogus remedies. Experts say unless governments act now, lions could be the next in line — after tigers and rhinos — to face extinction.
There is a solution: banning and punishing the trade of lion bones and organs. South Africa is currently the largest exporter of lion trophies, bones and organs — it is also the only African country actively breeding lions in large numbers to supply trophy hunting. But if we can show that allowing this senseless trade can hurt South Africa’s booming tourism industry and make visitors flee, president Zuma could be forced to act.
Let’s build a thunderous global roar for the lions. Avaaz will show the cruelty of the lion bone trade with stinging ads — sign now and tell everyone about it:
Avaaz members across the world have come together to demand strong protection for rhinos, save the world’s bees from poisonous pesticides and achieve huge marine reserves in Chagos and Australia to safeguard vulnerable marine species. Lets come together once again and stand up for Africa’s lions.
With hope, and determination,
Jamie, Alex, Antonia, Mia, Alice, Ricken, Luca, Emily and the entire Avaaz team
Avaaz lion bones adverts were censored, finds Constitutional Court (Mail & Guardian)
Court orders Zuma lion advert to be displayed again at OR Tambo airport (BDlive) http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/media/2013/10/25/court-orders-zuma-lion-advert-to-be-displayed-again-at-or-tambo-airport
Born to be killed (Carte Blanche) http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?ID=4226
The Lion Bone’s Connected to the … Rhino Horn? (Rhinoconservation.org) http://www.rhinoconservation.org/2012/05/12/the-lion-bones-connected-to-the-rhino-horn/
Wildlife trafficking trail leads to SA safari man (News 24) http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Bloody-rhino-poaching-trail-leads-to-SA-safari-operator-20110721
QUESTION YOUR SHRIMP
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Shrimp farms are destroying the mangrove, leaving a salty wasteland behind them, then moving on to destroy more mangroves.
Watch the video:
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Watch the video:
MANGROVES ACT AS NATURAL FISH NURSERIES:
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ALSO RICH IN OTHER WILDLIFE:
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Brown-winged kingfishers, Bangladesh mangrove.
CONCLUSION: question your shrimp!
Raptor (black kite) not suspecting danger – Tarifa, Spain.
Traduction en français: cliquez “Français” ci-dessus.
Wind turbines: planet saviors or
Save the Eagles International and the World Council for Nature, the two conservation NGOs that claim “green” policies are causing more harm than good, unite again today to issue a warning: wind turbines attract bats, plus many species of birds, from many kilometers away. Even “carefully-sited” wind farms or wind turbines will attract and kill them.
“We recorded 11 species [of bats] … flying over the ocean up to 14 km from the shore,” wrote years ago a European authority on bats, Professor Ingemar Ahlén, in the Journal of Mammology (1). Studying bat migrations over the Baltic, professor Ahlén had found the following: “The bats did not avoid the [offshore] turbines. On the contrary they stayed for shorter or longer periods hunting close to the windmills because of the accumulation of flying insects [note: both land and marine-born insects, points out the report]. Hunting close to the blades was observed, why the risk of colliding might be comparable to land-based turbines. Bats also used wind turbines for resting. Insects were collected at places and times when bats were observed feeding.” (2) The Professor then discovered that some of these bats were not migrants, but commuters from the shore (see the first quote above).
It appears that swifts and swallows are also attracted to wind turbines, which is logical as an abundance of flying insects is to be found around them: “Almost one third of the birds [killed by turbines] were swallows and swifts, species that like bats hunt flying insects,” discovered professor Ahlén in an onshore study (3). A short paper by Clive Hambler, Lecturer in Biology and Human Sciences at Hertford College, University of Oxford, was just published on this new, fatal attraction. Co-signed by WCFN, the article warns about wind turbines acting as population sinks affecting bats, raptors and hirundines (swifts, swallows etc.): “We predict the extinction legacy of wind turbines will become an increasing source of concern, as ecological traps are set in vast numbers across the planet“. (4)
Save the Eagles International (STEI) have long been claiming that raptors are attracted to wind farms. They recently documented this claim with pictures (5), while scientific studies had already found evidence of it (6). “Would so many be killed around the world if they “avoided” or “were displaced” by wind turbines?” (5) – “Of course not“, replies conservationist Mark Duchamp, who founded STEI: “many ornithologists doing environmental impact assessments say raptors are “displaced” by wind farms, because if they said they were “killed” they would lose their jobs.”
He continues: “Do you believe that hardly any bird & bat deaths are reported in the UK because, in that country, wind turbines are “carefully sited”? Or do you believe it’s because they don’t perform or publish monitoring studies on windfarm mortality? – We denounced this situation in an article: “Wind farms: bird mortality cover-up in the UK”. ” (7)
In view of the above, STEI and WCFN are sounding the alarm. As they attract and kill raptors, bats and some insect-eating birds, wind turbines act as ecological traps. Consequently, they are likely to cause regional (or national) populations of many such species to disappear, and have the potential to cause global extinctions. The first to disappear could be the following: the Golden Eagle in Scotland, California and other regions, states or countries; the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle in Australia; the Egyptian Vulture in Spain; the Seychelles swiftlet; the Cinereous Bunting in the Greek islands; the Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat, and most probably other bat species in various parts of the world. Many other bird and bat species may become rare or extremely rare, all of which may cause adverse effects on the natural balance of ecosystems.
Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736
President, Save the Eagles International
Chairman, World Council for Nature
(1) – Behaviour of Scandinavian bats during migration and foraging at sea. Journal of Mammology, 90, 1318-1323 – Ahlén I. et al. (2009). http://www2.ekol.slu.se/Personliga_filer/Ahlen/JmammBatsatSeaDec09.pdf
(2) – Bats and offshore wind turbines studied in southern Scandinavia. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Report 5571. – Ahlén, I. et al. (2007). http://www.naturvardsverket.se/Documents/publikationer/620-5571-2.pdf
(3) – Wind turbines and bats – a pilot study. Report to Swedish National Energy Association. Ahlén, I. (2002).
(4) – Swifts and swallows are attracted to wind turbines: http://wcfn.org/2013/07/01/tip-of-the-iceberg/
(5) – Raptors are attracted to wind turbines: http://savetheeagles.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/raptors-attracted-to-windfarms-2/
(6) – “Smallwood and Thelander (2005) reported that raptors fly disproportionately close to wind turbines, flying within 50 meters of wind turbines between seven and ten times more often than expected by chance. “
” “The strongest (flight) pattern was the use of ridge crests and hill peaks of slopes facing south and southwest, which were principal wind directions in the study area. Raptors used these relatively small areas for most of their foraging flights, such as hovering and kiting.
” “… Raptors are thus keying in on the same topographic features that also provide ideal conditions for placement of wind turbines. ” “
“There may be additional factors attracting raptors close to wind turbines: ….. ” (a list follows)
(7) – Cover-up in the UK: http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/releases/windfarms-bird-mortality-cover-up-in-the-uk.html
The tip of the iceberg
A rare bird hit by wind turbine blades in the presence of birdwatchers leads conservationists to ask some disturbing questions.
Photo: courtesy of the Daily Mail – http://www.dailymail.co.uk
Does fatal attraction of hirundines to wind turbines threaten populations and species?
The fatal impact of a white-throated needletail with a wind turbine in Scotland (1) raises serious concerns, with ramifications far beyond the sad loss of a single, spectacular vagrant. As a rare visitor, this individual bird was being very carefully observed, and thus there was a far higher chance of a turbine impact being detected than is the case for most small birds. Only a minuscule fraction of birds are intensively monitored in this way, and if the movements and fates of many other individual birds were being monitored, then what appears to be a rare event might prove to be frequent – or indeed probable. The death of this needletail should remind us that numerous small birds are being hit by turbines without detection or raising alarm. However, other hirundine deaths have already been documented amongst Europe’s wind turbines (2).
The needletail encountered a small, lone turbine. On the face of it, this is highly unlikely – unless the bird was actively attracted to the vicinity of the turbine. Indeed, some insects are attracted to wind turbines, and some bats are attracted to their deaths by unknown features of the turbines – possibly the food concentration around them (3, 4, 5). Remarkably, there are reports of bats commuting to wind turbines up to 14 km offshore for such food resources, as well as others stopping, perching and feeding around them during migration (4). This attraction exerted by wind turbines extends their ecological footprint to new, unsuspected dimensions.
We hypothesise that hirundines (including swifts, swallows, martins, swiftlets and needletails) might also be attracted to insects flying around these machines – onshore and offshore. Indeed, awareness has already been raised about the potential attraction of insectivorous birds to wind turbines (5). Reports (5, 6) that hirundines can comprise a third of turbine victims in Sweden and are being killed by domestic microturbines in Britain merit further investigation. Another consideration is that certain landscape features and air flows might attract both wind farm developers and hirundines, putting them on a collision course as they do with raptors.
We propose that wind turbines, let alone wind farms, may create extensive population sinks which could deplete and exterminate populations of birds and bats. We doubt the woeful amount of independent monitoring of turbine impacts would be capable of detecting this threat in most regions or for most species.
In the circumstances, a precautionary approach would be particularly appropriate in areas with populations of already threatened endemic hirundines, bats and other species – as in Seychelles or the Mascarenes for instance. For such areas, irreversible global extinction might be caused by wind turbines, yet even the highest standards of monitoring (including videos and radio transmitters) might be insufficient to alert us in time. We predict the extinction legacy of wind turbines will become an increasing source of concern, as ecological traps are set in vast numbers across the planet.
Clive Hambler (Lecturer in Biological and Human Sciences, Hertford College, University of Oxford)
Mark Duchamp (President, Save the Eagles International; Chair, World Council for Nature)
(1) – http://blog.birdguides.com/2013/06/white-throated-needletail.html
(2) – Photos of a sample of bird fatalities due to wind farms, including hirundines, from the Save the Eagles International website: http://savetheeagles.wordpress.com/birdkill-pictures/
- More pictures of birds killed by wind turbines may be seen here: http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/multimedia/
and there are many more.
(3) – Video monitoring of bats flying between turbine blades, showing some getting struck: http://www.epaw.org/multimedia.php?article=b6
(4) – “We recorded 11 species (of a community of 18 species) flying over the ocean up to 14 km from the shore.” Ahlén, I. et al. (2009). Behaviour of Scandinavian bats during migration and foraging at sea. Journal of Mammology, 90, 1318-1323
- “The bats did not avoid the turbines. On the contrary they stayed for shorter or longer periods hunting close to the windmills because of the accumulation of flying insects. Hunting close to the blades was observed, why the risk of colliding might be comparable to land-based turbines. Bats also used wind turbines for resting. Insects were collected at places and times when bats were observed feeding.” Ahlén, I. et al. (2007). Bats and offshore wind turbines studied in southern Scandinavia. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Report 5571. http://www.naturvardsverket.se/Documents/publikationer/620-5571-2.pdf
(5) – “Increased risks depend on insect hunting (swifts, swallows), carrion search (crows, ravens, some raptors), and hangwind gliding (red kites, eagles, and buzzards).” – Ahlén, I. (2010). Fågelarter funna under vindkraftverk i Sverige. Var Fågelvärld, 4/2010, 8-12 http://www.slu.se/PageFiles/8390/artiklar/BirdsWindPowerVF2010.pdf
- Long, C. V. et al. (2011). Insect attraction to wind turbines: does colour play a role? European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57, 323-331 http://peer.ccsd.cnrs.fr/docs/00/62/51/48/PDF/PEER_stage2_10.1007%252Fs10344-010-0432-7.pdf
(6) – “Almost one third of the birds (killed) were swallows and swifts, species that like bats hunt flying insects”. Ahlén, I. (2002). Wind turbines and bats – a pilot study. Report to Swedish National Energy Association. http://publikationer.slu.se/Filer/08WindBatFinalReport.pdf