There is an interesting article in the BBC about how wind farms may affect temperature changes in their areas. Still seen as possible CO2 off setters and thus positively contributing to curbing climate change, this may add a twist to their impact on climate. See the article highlights below.
Wind farms can affect weather in their immediate locality, raising night-time temperatures on the ground, researchers working in Texas have shown.
They used satellite data to show that land around newly constructed wind farms warmed more than next-door areas.
The result – published in the journal Nature Climate Change – confirms an earlier, smaller study from 2010.
The scientists believe the effect is caused by turbines bringing relatively warm air down to ground level.
They suggest that turbines in other places might not produce the same value of ground temperature change.
The study area, in west-central Texas, saw a major turbine…
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