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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