Austin-- Using wind energy will reduce greenhouse gases and slow global warming, but there's a catch, U.S. researchers say -- rising temperatures will mean less wind.
A climate researcher at the University of Texas at Austin says as wind speeds decrease with rising temperatures, it will mean less power bang for the wind turbine buck, a release from the American Institute of Physics reports.
The prevailing winds in the atmosphere are maintained by a temperature gradient that decreases toward the poles, researcher Diandong Ren says.
"For example, Wichita, Kan., is cooler, in general, than Austin, Texas. The stronger the temperature contrast, the stronger the wind."