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In short:

  • Solar energy expansion in the U.S. risks habitat loss for wildlife, with millions of acres potentially fenced off for solar panels.
  • While some solar developments implement wildlife-friendly practices, such as permeable fences and wildlife corridors, these measures are often overlooked due to regulatory patchworks and lack of research.
  • A case study in Arizona explores coexistence strategies, including tracking wildlife interaction with solar farms and designing installations to minimize habitat disruption.

Key quote:

"We’re faced with two truths: We have a climate change crisis, but we also have a biodiversity crisis,"

— Meaghan Gade, program manager at the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.

Why this matters:

As the U.S. accelerates toward renewable energy, balancing environmental preservation with sustainable development becomes crucial. This article highlights the intersection of two critical global challenges: combating climate change and protecting biodiversity, emphasizing the need for thoughtful, integrated solutions for a sustainable future.

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