Solar development: Super bloom or super bust for desert species?

ScienceDaily | May 4, 2021 at 4:32 AM
  • More currently, operators of the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert are spending around $45 million on desert tortoise mitigation after initial numbers of the endangered animals were undercounted before its construction.
  • A study published in the journal Ecological Applications from the University of California, Davis, and UC Santa Cruz warns against another potential desert timing mismatch amid the race against climate change and toward rapid renewable energy development.
  • The study provides an example of the importance of taking the necessary time to understand an ecosystem before irrevocably changing it.