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Wind Energy

  • By: Justin R. Barnes
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The wind is a natural energy resource that has been used by humans on a modest scale for hundreds of years. Recently, however, concerns about climate change and diminishing reserves of fossil fuels have resulted in an increasing interest in wind as a major contributor to future energy needs. This renewed interest has not been without controversy, and major obstacles remain to realizing the full potential of wind as a modern energy resource. Doing so will require significant modifications to our energy infrastructure. It may also require some unpleasant compromises and difficult decisions about how we value Earth's resources.

The Natural Phenomenon

Earth's winds are generated by seasonal and geographic variations in planetary heating, resulting in the formation of weather systems that redistribute heat around the globe. ...

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