Stop the wind farms, for peat’s sake

- February 25th, 2013

It’s not that easy being green, as Kermit the Frog rightly noted. For instance the Telegraph reports a new study, funded by Scotland’s very pro-wind-power SNP government, carried out by researchers trusted by environmentalists and previewed in the journal Nature (link here – but behind a paywall), finding that a typical British wind farm is built on a peat bog. And? And this: peat bogs are hugely important carbon sinks, Europe’s most important and on a par with rain forests. But only if they stay wet. And regrettably, the study says, when you drive roads through them, build large facilities and otherwise create wind farms, it tends to drain them, causing them to belch huge amounts of CO2.

Dang.

Categories: Environment, Foreign affairs, G20, Government, Politics

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