Guanacos in Chilean Patagonia. One of the last remaining wilderness areas left in the region. Credit: Francisca Hidalgo

More than 2000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species across the globe.

A University of Queensland research team mapped the location of solar, wind and hydropower facilities in wilderness, protected areas and key areas.

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences lead author Mr José Rehbein said he was alarmed by the findings.

“Aside from the more than 2200 renewable facilities already operating inside important biodiversity areas, another

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