Enormous Bird With Bad Eyesight Poses Dilemma for India’s Green Goals

Enormous Bird With Bad Eyesight Poses Dilemma for India’s Green Goals

An endangered bird is threatening plans for wind and solar projects in India, Bloomberg News reports.

But the wide-open region that’s home to the rare bird is also an ideal location for wind and solar projects.

Now, in an effort to save the great Indian bustard from flying into power lines, a Supreme Court order is asking for transmission lines in much of the region to go underground. Power companies say the directive could cost an estimated $4 billion in extra expenses, and jeopardize nearly 20 gigawatts of awarded solar and wind projects.

The companies say it could set back India’s climate goals, which depend heavily on the availability of open land like the bustard’s domain for putting up solar panels and wind turbines.

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