Image of the Day: Wind Farm Study Stirs Up False Claims

A study published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change found that large wind farms can raise local nighttime temperatures a bit by mixing the surface air with air higher up. This led to many reports that wind farms can cause climate change, according to the Knight Science Journalism Tracker. However, as Shauna Theel of the media watchdog group MediaMatters sums up in her article: Scientist Debunks ‘Misleading’ Coverage of Wind Farm Study, while the wind farms may raise local temperatures by a small amount, “the net heat content of the lower atmosphere does not change.” In other words, wind farms don't contribute to global warming.

Credit: flickr/Charles Cook