Challenges and opportunities for animal conservation from renewable energy development

Katzner, T., Johnson, J.A., Evans, D.M., Garner, T.W.J., Gompper, M.E., Altwegg, R., Branch, T.A., Gordon, I.J., and Pettorelli, N. (2013) Challenges and opportunities for animal conservation from renewable energy development. Animal Conservation, 16 (4). pp. 367-369.

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[Extract] Global climate change is among the greatest threats confronting both human and natural systems (IPCC, 2007). A substantial component of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from energy production, generated via the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal, natural gas and refined petroleum. Given that reduction in global energy consumption is unlikely over the next century or so, renewable energy generation has been proposed as a low-carbon alternative to limit GHG emissions. Consequently, many national and regional governments have set targets for renewable energy manufacture and use (e.g. '20% Wind Energy by 2030' – DoE, 2008; EU, 2009). Nevertheless, despite the benefits associated with reducing carbon emissions, renewable energy development itself has important, sometimes severe, implications for the conservation of biodiversity that should not be ignored. A central challenge and opportunity for animal conservation is to understand and manage environmental problems associated with the rapid growth in renewable energy production, while simultaneously maintaining progress toward reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Item ID: 42708
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1469-1795
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 00:26
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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