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Offshore Wind Farms Don’t Harm Marine Life https://t.co/emcdjElUE4

Offshore Wind Farms Don’t Harm Marine Life https://t.co/emcdjElUE4

When commuters take the train across the bridge from Malmö, Sweden, to Copenhagen, Denmark, they pass by Sweden’s largest offshore wind farm: Lillgrund. Similar power-generating farms are gaining traction in the United States—just take the Block Island Wind Farm recently built in Rhode Island . More renewables is all good, right? Not quite. Normally, wind farms get a bad rap for deaths of birds and bats . And they have been the suspected cause of the demise of other species such as shore crabs. But now, biologists report (on 25 October in PLoS One ) that the Lillgrund farm doesn’t seem to harm local marine life. “Engineers, they don’t think so much about the environment,” says Olivia Langhamer, a marine biologist at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. She worked on the study of Lillgrund’s effect on the environment with the Norwegian University of Scie...

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