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Renewable energy is often termed simply "green energy," but its effects on wildlife and other forms of biodiversity can be quite complex. While capturing renewable resources like wind, solar, and energy from biomass can require more land than fossil fuel production, potentially displacing wildlife habitat, renewable energy infrastructure can also create habitat and promote species health when thoughtfully implemented. The authors of Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation argue that in order to achieve a balanced plan for addressing these two crucially important sustainability issues, our actions at the nexus of these fields must be directed by current scientific information related to the ecological effects of renewable energy production. Synthesizing an extensive, rapidly growing base of research and insights from practitioners into a single, comprehensive resource, contributors to this volume • describe processes to generate renewable energy, focusing on the Big Four renewables—wind, bioenergy, solar energy, and hydroelectric power • review the documented effects of renewable energy production on wildlife and wildlife habitats • consider current and future policy directives, suggesting ways industrial-scale renewables production can be developed to minimize harm to wildlife populations • explain recent advances in renewable power technologies • identify urgent research needs at the intersection of renewables and wildlife conservation Relevant to policy makers and industry professionals—many of whom believe renewables are the best path forward as the world seeks to meet its expanding energy needs—and wildlife conservationists—many of whom are alarmed at the rate of renewables-related habitat conversion—this detailed book culminates with a chapter underscoring emerging opportunities in renewable energy ecology. Contributors: Edward B. Arnett, Brian B. Boroski, Regan Dohm, David Drake, Sarah R. Fritts, Rachel Greene, Steven M. Grodsky, Amanda M. Hale, Cris D. Hein, Rebecca R. Hernandez, Jessica A. Homyack, Henriette I. Jager, Nicole M. Korfanta, James A. Martin, Christopher E. Moorman, Clint Otto, Christine A. Ribic, Susan P. Rupp, Jake Verschuyl, Lindsay M. Wickman, T. Bently Wigley, Victoria H. Zero

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction. Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation
  2. Christopher E. Moorman, Steven M. Grodsky, and Susan P. Rupp
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I. Bioenergy and Wildlife Conservation
  1. 1. Short-Rotation Woody Crops and Wildlife Conservation
  2. Rachel Greene, James A. Martin, and T. Bently Wigley
  3. pp. 13-21
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  1. 2. Effects of Harvesting Forest-Based Biomass on Terrestrial Wildlife
  2. Jessica A. Homyack and Jake Verschuyl
  3. pp. 22-40
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  1. 3. Impacts on Wildlife of Annual Crops for Biofuel Production
  2. Clint Otto
  3. pp. 41-63
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  1. 4. Second-Generation Feedstocks from Dedicated Energy Crops: Implications for Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat
  2. Susan P. Rupp and Christine A. Ribic
  3. pp. 64-92
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  1. Part II. Wind Energy and Wildlife Conservation
  1. 5. Wind Energy Effects on Birds
  2. Regan Dohm and David Drake
  3. pp. 95-121
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  1. 6. Wind Energy Effects on Bats
  2. Cris D. Hein and Amanda M. Hale
  3. pp. 122-145
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  1. 7. Effects of Wind Energy on Wildlife: Emerging Issues and Underrepresented Taxa
  2. Nicole M. Korfanta and Victoria H. Zero
  3. pp. 146-174
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  1. Part III. Solar Energy, Waterpower, and Wildlife Conservation
  1. 8. Solar Energy: A Technology with Multi-Scale Opportunities to Integrate Wildlife Conservation
  2. Brian B. Boroski
  3. pp. 177-197
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  1. 9. Waterpower: Hydropower and Marine Hydrokinetic Energy
  2. Henriette I. Jager and Lindsay M. Wickman
  3. pp. 198-226
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  1. Part IV. The Future of Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation
  1. 10. Renewable Energy Policy Directives: Implications for Wildlife Conservation
  2. Edward B. Arnett
  3. pp. 229-246
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  1. 11. Renewable Energy Ecology: The Next Frontier in Wildlife Science
  2. Steven M. Grodsky, Sarah R. Fritts, and Rebecca R. Hernandez
  3. pp. 247-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-268
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421432731
Related ISBN
9781421432724
MARC Record
OCLC
1111563147
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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