An article in the Daily Mail suggests that wind farms may cause inversion fog due to alterations to the micro climate around wind turbines. The photos suggest some effect but I am not convinced that the effect will be dense enough to cause problems with navigation. However in the right situations of temperature and humidity, the potential may be there. It is entirely possible that, with an onshore breeze, such fogs could be blown onto the shore which, if it is a holiday beach, could spoil a great number of visitor’s holidays and have a direct financial impact on the tourism business of the area. However this is not an issue that has yet been highlighted on the east coast holiday areas, so it is something that needs watching. East coast winds are often offshore in the summer but with proposals for Cornwall and Devon as well as the south coast, maybe the situation will become more important. What this does expose though is the lack of research and knowledge from off shore wind both in climatic impact and electro magnetic impact to the shoals of fish using found in the shallow sandbank area popular with developments. These are often breeding areas and promises of reef like conditions have proved illusionary or outright obfuscation. That is lies to you and I! With the high cost of offshore and the large numbers of turbines planned in areas such as Moray, Forth and Solway/Tiree, it will prove too late if the impacts destroy what is left of our fishing industry. The famous Dogger Bank is the target for a mega wind farm that will dwarf all others and yet this is one of the most renowned fisheries in the North Sea. How can governments consider it as an area ripe for a fisheries protectorate and yet welcome plans to cover it with turbines. Cynic that I am, may I suggest that such conservation plans have little to do with protecting the piscine interests but much to do with supporting German manufacturing jobs and the Wind Lobby!
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