Billions of Wind Turbine Blades Built With Balsa Wood Stripped From Amazon’s Forests

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Green groups are starting to rumble the fact that wind power ain’t so green, after all. Giant industrial wind turbines comprise hundreds of tonnes of steel, aluminium, plastics, copper and rare earths used in the generator’s magnets. There is also at least a tonne of gear oil and hydraulic fluid on board. And then there’s the 50-80 m long blades each weighing between 12 and 18 tonnes, each a veritable cocktail of toxic plastics, fibreglass and composite materials – all inevitably headed for landfill.

But it’s what’s inside those blades that’s now pricking the consciences of those who hitherto thought these things could do no wrong.

Stripping the Amazon basin’s forests is said to be among the threats to planetary harmony.

Over the last 20 years ago, burger chains like McDonald’s have been the target of green opprobrium and activism for clear-felling timber to make way for the cattle ranches…

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Billions of Wind Turbine Blades Built With Balsa Wood Stripped From Amazon’s Forests

Stunned Still: Offshore Wind Farm Power Cables Leave Crabs Mesmerised & Motionless

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Seabirds, whales and dolphins aren’t offshore wind’s only victims – crabs are being mesmerised by the electromagnetic fields produced by the power cables that connect turbines to each other and to the grid.

A scientific study has found that the magnetic fields generated by these cables attract crabs that then remain in place, fixated on the magnetic field, effectively immobilising them.

For a creature that needs to move over large distances over the seafloor to feed and breed, offshore wind farms may well amount to a death sentence for an entire species, over the longer term. And the loss of a tasty protein source won’t just disappoint diners, it could also spell the death knell for crab fishers around Britain’s coasts.

Jonathan Chadwick reports on just the latest victim of so-called ‘green’ energy.

Underwater power cables are ‘mesmerising’ brown crabs and causing biological changes that could affect their migration habits…

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Stunned Still: Offshore Wind Farm Power Cables Leave Crabs Mesmerised & Motionless