Could painting a turbine blade black protect migratory birds?

By painting a turbine blade black, the turbines become more visible to the birds. Image: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Jethro Gauld

PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of East Anglia


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Norway has already started painting a turbine blade black in its Smøla power plant. Image: May et al. (2020)/ Ecology and Evolution

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