Need to Prevent conflict between renewable energy and biodiversity - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Need to Prevent conflict between renewable energy and biodiversity

By, New Delhi
Jul 11, 2022 05:55 AM IST

Today, wildlife-renewable conflict is a global challenge. India is no exception.

Some years ago, I was in the East European countryside with a young scientist. He was studying bats in an area where wind power was planned, so the project could prevent bats from clashes and disorientation by the movement and the noise. Today, wildlife-renewable conflict is a global challenge. India is no exception.

(Representative image)
(Representative image)

Jaisalmer is one of the last few remaining habitats of the endangered Great Indian Bustard. Only about a hundred of the birds survive in the wild. This bird gets electrocuted when it hits transmission lines, because solar parks have been established in its territory. In the Western Ghats, Maria Thaker and others have found fewer birds of prey and consequently, a spurt of lizards in areas around wind turbines. This changes the ecology. In both cases, citing renewables becomes the key.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

As India gears up to meet its climate change commitments, it must re-think citing of renewable infrastructure. In fact, India, with its rich biodiversity, is particularly vulnerable to the unintended consequences of the renewable energy. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has recently warned of million species going extinct.

This can harm our national interest as food chains and thousands of ecosystem services collapse.This is not easy, for even areas widely understood as wastelands have turned out to be the home of critically endangered birds.

The way ahead lies in working with scientists to identify appropriate citing, innovatively reusing spaces like mass rooftops, and fragmenting infrastructure.

We need both renewable energy and our precious biodiversity to prosper.

The author is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group

Unlock a world of Benefits with HT! From insightful newsletters to real-time news alerts and a personalized news feed – it's all here, just a click away! -Login Now!
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Bharati Chaturvedi is an environmentalist and writer. She is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On