There is certainty no shortage of points of discussion against the use of wind farms. The most obvious being that they are much less than pleasant to the eye, and they also of course kill birds here and there.
For the most part, however, these are rather minor issues that we can deal with. In fact, wind power has been doing exactly what we’ve been promised they would from the very beginning, which is slowly reducing our use of fossil fuels. This takes us closer to using only renewable energy, and in turn – slowing down the rate of global warming, and saving our precious planet.
But now? We’re not so sure. A recent study has discovered that moving towards wind power might in fact be worsening the problem of global climate change.
Two scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have found that if the United States of America were to reduce their usage of carbon energy, fossil fuels and natural gas included, and turn to only wind generated energy, then the drag from all the many wind turbines would stop air from flowing, which is needed to cool the Earth naturally.
Their research paper suggested that powering America with merely wind would warm the planet an entire quarter degree Celsius over the next century. Removing carbon-base energy would decrease the temperature by a tenth of a degree from the same amount of time.
What does this mean for us? The wind farms would block us from releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. If we turned to merely solar energy, rather than wind, then we would warm the planet a whole lot less. In fact, one-tenth as much, based on the findings of the study.
In fact, this is not the first time that researchers have believed that wind farms might heat the planet. Of course, it is important to keep in mind that wind energy is much healthier and cleaner for the planet in comparison to fossil fuel, also in the long run as well.
But based on a ten year period, the effects of wind power are significant.