Hundreds of “protected areas,” including some of the world’s greatest wilderness resources, are being threatened by renewable energy projects, according to a new study.
The green projects are degrading 886 protected areas, 748 Key Biodiversity Areas and 40 distinct wilderness areas,” according to the study, published online at ResearchGate.
Authored by Jose Andres Rehbein of the World Bank, and Joe Lane, James Watson and Laura Sonter of University of Queensland, the study explains: “Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy is fundamental for halting anthropogenic climate change. However, renewable energy facilities can be land‐use intensive and impact conservation areas, and little attention has been given to whether the aggregated effect of energy transitions poses a substantial threat to global biodiversity.”
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