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Environ Manage. 2012 Mar;49(3):517-22. doi: 10.1007/s00267-011-9803-4. Epub 2012 Jan 14.

Airports offer unrealized potential for alternative energy production.

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United States Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, Sandusky, OH 44846, USA.


Scaling up for alternative energy such as solar, wind, and biofuel raises a number of environmental issues, notably changes in land use and adverse effects on wildlife. Airports offer one of the few land uses where reductions in wildlife abundance and habitat quality are necessary and socially acceptable, due to risk of wildlife collisions with aircraft. There are several uncertainties and limitations to establishing alternative energy production at airports, such as ensuring these facilities do not create wildlife attractants or other hazards. However, with careful planning, locating alternative energy projects at airports could help mitigate many of the challenges currently facing policy makers, developers, and conservationists.

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