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Mojave Desert solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

Mojave Desert solar plants scorch birds in mid air SF Bay Area News KSBW Home


Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.

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That's quite an image, birds igniting mid-air.

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