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Wind warming ≠ climate change

A study published this week in the journal Nature Climate offers evidence that wind farms are responsible for localized temperature increases of up to 0.72 degree per decade. While some people equate this with wind farms “causing” global warming, the reality is that just about everything humans do to our environment causes climate change.

Over an eight-year period (2003-2011), researchers analyzed satellite data over a region in west-central Texas that includes four of the world’s largest wind farms (amounting to more than 2,350 individual turbines). They found “a significant warming trend of up to 0.72 degree per decade” between areas with wind farms and nearby areas without, with the most significant warming occurring at night during the winter.

But take a look at what’s going on here:

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