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Wind turbines wrong colour for wildlife

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A study has revealed that a wind turbine's colour affects how many insects it attracts, shedding more light on why the turbines occasionally kill bats and birds.

Scientists say that turbines, most commonly painted white or grey, draw in insects. These then lure bats and birds - as they pursue their prey - into the path of the turbine blades.

Support for the idea comes from another study showing that bats are most often killed by turbines at night and in summer, when insects are most abundant.

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Why not just transparent. =\

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once tidal power can be harnessed the turbines will be a thing off the past.

Edited by stevewinn

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Why not just transparent. =\

Things would fly into them and still die.

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Red. Or have them emit small frequency noises that only small animals such as birds, bats, or insects could hear..

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just put some really huge cages on them like a desk fan. :)

Edited by Rob Awesome

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Support for the idea comes from another study showing that bats are most often killed by turbines at night and in summer, when insects are most abundant.

This has to be the most stupid comment I've heard in weeks.

Ummmmm.... DUH!?!?

This is as inane as saying that most children that are hurt in schoolbus incidents occur either before or after school. Uh, no foolin'?

When do bats fly? Would it possibly be at night? Possibly even at night DURING THE SUMMER?

Man, do I ever hate stupid reporters that report the obvious as if it's something amazing.

And in other news, there's a report of a man that actually inhales the atmosphere through two holes in his head, and then expells that atmosphere through the same two holes, but with a lower oxygen content and a higher carbon dioxide content!! More about this amazing story at eleven!

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This sort of sums up the whole 'climate' argument for me.

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