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Offshore Wind Turbines Help Sustain Marine Life

A study of offshore wind farms off Europe's coasts has revealed that the structures pose no threat to marine life, and in fact, they help sustain it.

Scientists at Stockholm University's Zoology Department conducted the study and found that the turbine foundations acted as habitats for fish, crabs, mussels, lobsters and plants, creating a more diverse and dense population of marine life at wind farm sites than at control sites away from the farms.

Like in the cheapest levitra in uk case of sunken subway cars or ships, the scientists said that the foundations were essentially acting as artificial reefs.  This study could potentially lead to wind and wave farm designs that foster this occurance.  Because wind farm sites are less suitable for bottom trawling, the farms could be built as safe zones for threatened species.

Yet another positive outcome of offshore wind.

via CleanTechnica

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written by LoveearthAlways, January 20, 2010
Hopefully there isn't another side of visit web site cost levitra the coin for consequences. There are reports of large-scale wind turbines apparently producing ill health effects in humans. Let's hope those "good vibrations" from spinning turbines don't also impact marine life.
written by Odin, January 21, 2010
How wonderfull!!
Tropical fish in Europe?
written by Smeldon, January 21, 2010
The image in the article shows tropical fish which don't live in Europe, and certainly not in Stockholm.
re. Tropical fish in Europe?
written by Pedant, January 22, 2010
Stockholm Aquarium:
Don't tell the Kennedys
written by jack, January 22, 2010
Given that Ted Kennedy didn't want wind turbines in Nantucket sound, he wouldn't have approved of this article. RIP hypocrite!
written by Fellow, January 24, 2010
There is a danger that fish gills will act like resonant arrays and vibrate at a harmonic of the turbine vibrations.

If this happens, it is likely that the fish will be unable to breathe, may bleed out through their gills and consequently die.
Off-Shore Wind Turbines
written by Timetrvlr, January 26, 2010
A great idea for North America with it's extensive off-shore continental shelf. Wind speed is higher and tramadol legal status more reliable off-shore.

Eventually, we will be smart enough to harvest some of the vast electrical generating potential of the Gulf Stream current off-shore at Miami. Then we could harvest power above the waves as well as below.
Wind Power and Ocean Life
written by Carol, January 30, 2010
Anything that helps protect the marine environment while helping sustain life on land sounds like a win-win to me. Maybe the other types of wind turbines that have no blades might be more suitable to the ocean shore. Another Ecogeek article mentioned these bladeless wind turbines a few months ago.
Adverse health effects is a red herring
written by Danno, February 01, 2010
A multi-disciplinary group of health scientists and acoustic engineers determined that there was no scientific evidence of adverse health effects due to acoustic vibrations of wind turbines.

It took me 30 seconds to google that report, so please don't argue "reports" that don't exist, or advance strange theories about fish dying in fantastic ways. If there really were adverse health effects (beyond minor annoyance), they would be self-evident, i.e., people or animals or fish would show signs of health issues that are statistically outside of the normal range of health issues for people & animals that don't live near wind turbines.

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