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11/2/11 Studies indicate bats and birds plus big wind turbines equal big trouble. What about the same kind of study for the people in wind projects who are having health issues? 


Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

November 2, 2011

By Josephine Marcotty

For years researchers have been puzzled by the number of bats killed by wind turbines. Birds, yes. But bats, in theory, should be able to avoid the towers because of their innate sonar systems that orient them in space. Nonetheless, they die in the thousands, in far greater numbers than birds. Some research found that they died because the enormous changes in pressure as the blades sweep through the air ruptured their delicate ear drums, causing a hemorrhage known as barotrauma. Now, a new study based on bat autopsies from the University of  Wisconsin found that the problem is far more complicated.