The Reading / Listening - Wind Turbines - Level 2

There are many advantages of wind farms. One is they provide green energy. However, there are also disadvantages. One is the blades on turbines kill thousands of birds, which accidentally fly into the blades. Researchers have found an answer. Painting one blade black could help birds see the blades. This could cut bird strikes by 70 per cent. A researcher said: "The collision of birds...is one of the main environmental concerns related to wind energy development." The research has been published in the conservation journal "Ecology and Evolution".



Researchers looked at how to reduce the number of birds dying in wind-turbine blades. They painted one blade of four different turbines black. Over four years, the turbines with one black blade saw a huge reduction in bird deaths. A researcher said: "Few effective measures have been developed to reduce the risk of collision." A bird protection group welcomed the idea. It said wind farms needed to be "in harmony with nature". It added: "Wind turbines are the right technology when we find the right places for them." It said wind farms should cause little risk to wildlife.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wind Turbines - Level 0 Wind Turbines - Level 1   or  Wind Turbines - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53909825
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/10-generators-to-keep-your-lights-on/
  • https://bgr.com/2020/08/26/wind-turbine-birds-death/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. There are many advantages
  2. provide
  3. birds which accidentally fly
  4. Researchers have found an
  5. This could cut bird strikes
  6. one of the main environmental
  7. wind energy
  8. published in the conservation
  1. concerns
  2. answer
  3. journal
  4. of wind farms
  5. development
  6. into the blades
  7. by 70 per cent
  8. green energy

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers looked at how to
  2. They painted one
  3. a huge reduction
  4. reduce the risk of
  5. A bird protection
  6. Wind turbines are the right
  7. we find the right
  8. cause little risk
  1. group
  2. collision
  3. to wildlife
  4. reduce the number
  5. places for them
  6. blade
  7. technology
  8. in bird deaths

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are many advantages of wind farms. One is they provide green energy. However, there are also disadvantages. One is the blades on turbines kill thousands of birds, which accidentally fly into the blades. Researchers have found an answer. Painting one blade black could help birds see the blades. This could cut bird strikes by 70 per cent. A researcher said: "The collision of birds...is one of the main environmental concerns related to wind energy development." The research has been published in the conservation journal "Ecology and Evolution".

Researchers looked at how to reduce the number of birds dying in wind-turbine blades. They painted one blade of four different turbines black. Over four years, the turbines with one black blade saw a huge reduction in bird deaths. A researcher said: "Few effective measures have been developed to reduce the risk of collision." A bird protection group welcomed the idea. It said wind farms needed to be "in harmony with nature". It added: "Wind turbines are the right technology when we find the right places for them." It said wind farms should cause little risk to wildlife.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therearemanyadvantagesofwindfarms.Oneistheyprovidegreenene
rgy.However,therearealsodisadvantages.Oneisthebladesonturbine
skillthousandsofbirds,whichaccidentallyflyintotheblades.Researche
rshavefoundananswer.Paintingonebladeblackcouldhelpbirdsseethe
blades.Thiscouldcutbirdstrikesby70percent.Aresearchersaid:"Thec
ollisionofbirds...isoneofthemainenvironmentalconcernsrelatedtowi
ndenergydevelopment."Theresearchhasbeenpublishedintheconser
vationjournal"EcologyandEvolution".Researcherslookedathowtored
ucethenumberofbirdsdyinginwind-turbineblades.Theypaintedon
ebladeoffourdifferentturbinesblack.Overfouryears,theturbineswith
oneblackbladesawahugereductioninbirddeaths.Aresearchersaid:"F
eweffectivemeasureshavebeendevelopedtoreducetheriskofcollision
."Abirdprotectiongroupwelcomedtheidea.Itsaidwindfarmsneededto
be"inharmonywithnature".Itadded:"Windturbinesaretherighttechn
ologywhenwefindtherightplacesforthem."Itsaidwindfarmsshouldca
uselittlerisktowildlife.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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