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Wind Farms May Contribute To Global Warming, New Research Suggests

Wind farms are becoming a popular source of energy around the world, after other energy sources, such as burning fossil fuels, have been attributed to global warming.

Last year, the world’s wind farms produced 238 gigawatts of electricity at any given time, a 21 percent increase since 2010. Capacity is expected to be more than 500 gigawatts by 2017, as the demand for this clean energy source increases.

According to researchers at the State University of New York at Albany, wind farms may not be as helpful as originally thought.

While wind energy is known to be cleaner than burning fossil fuels, researchers have found that wind farms have a direct effect on the environment around them, warming the local climate by as much as 0.72 degrees Celsius per decade.

Researchers analysed satellite data of the areas surrounding wind farms in Texas, where four of the world’s largest wind farms are stationed. The data was compiled between 2003 and 2011.

The results, which were published Sunday in Nature Climate Change journal, show that this change is in comparison to the areas around the wind farms, which also experienced a change, attributed to global warming.