New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution.Ohmigawd, .72 degrees Celsius? Our undies are supposed to be in a bunch over much less than that from cow farts and SUV's.
Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world's largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms.
Monday, April 30, 2012
What's That You Say? Wind Farms Aren't The Answer To All Our Problems?
Apparently not, and they may even contribute to *gasp!* global warming!