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EPI: Wind Health Impacts Dismissed in Court

August 14, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Wind health impacts have been dismissed in courts across the globe. This Energy and Policy Institute report assesses legal cases in five English-speaking countries pertaining to wind energy. The...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Effects of Wind Turbines on Property Values in Ontario: Does Public Perception Match Empirical Evidence?

August 14, 2014,   by Richard J. Vyn and Ryan M. McCullough

. . . suggest that these wind turbines have not significantly impacted nearby property values. Thus, these results do not corroborate the concerns raised by residents regarding potential negative...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Le Monde: Les chemtrails, un hoax climato-complotiste persistant

August 11, 2014,   by Audrey Garric

Il est par contre possible d'expliquer ce que sont véritablement ces vapeurs de condensation qui se forment dans le sillage des avions, les contrails, étudiées par les scientifiques depuis les années...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Pseudoscience: When You Really, Really Really Hate Data and Deduction

August 11, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

The denial of deduction and causation is a necessary component in the concrete acceptance of extremely weak hypotheses, such as those underlying homeopathy, anti-vaccination fear-mongering,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Conservative Forces at Work: The Opposition to Wind power in Australia

August 6, 2014,   by Neil Barrett

In the short to medium term the fossil fuel interests and their supporters – both witting and unwitting — are fighting the battle of their corporate lives to preserve the privileged position they’ve...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

A Re-Evaluation Of The Wind Concerns Ontario Health Survey

July 28, 2014,   by Malcolm Hamilton

The conclusion is that the symptoms reported for people living near wind turbines identified by the WCO survey are not significantly different than those experienced by the general population, i.e....

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ReNewEconomy: Abandoning homes due to wind farms: the deep fragrance of factoid

July 25, 2014,   by Simon Chapman

My paper concluded that the claim was a factoid promoted by wind farm opponents for dramatic, rhetorical impact. The claim sits alongside other contestable claims made by wind farm opponents,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Turbine fires

July 17, 2014,   by David Clarke

The report stated that 'some 80,000 ha of national park were destroyed by a wildfire ignited by the turbine debris' and gave an Australian Broadcasting Commission report as a reference. In fact, the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Crank Index

July 17, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

With thanks to the long-lasting science Crackpot Index, this Wind Crank Index is intended to provide a simple way to figure out how you should invest your time: helping the person understand more...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Etwas Luft: Why Copenhagen Hasn't Seen A "Wind Turbine Syndrome" Pandemic

July 4, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Even if Denmark had its own 'wind turbine syndrome' organisation, I strongly suspect the phenomenon wouldn't take hold. The Middelgrunden Wind Farm happens to be half-owned by Middelgrunden Wind...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Frontiers in Public Health: Wind turbines and human health

June 19, 2014,   by Loren D. Knopper, Christopher A. Ollson, et all

Based on the findings and scientific merit of the available studies, the weight of evidence suggests that when sited properly, wind turbines are not related to adverse health. Stemming from this...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

GET: Why Vermont But Not Kansas? (on anti-wind)

June 15, 2014,   by George Harvey

Citizens of Greensburg live so close to wind turbines it is a bit astonishing. The local hospital’s turbine is just across the driveway, only twenty yards or so from the building. The local Best...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Some Air: 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' Causes Mink Mutations, And Other Correlations

June 13, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Logical fallacies are everywhere. Flick open the newspaper and hear the latest assertion from your politician-of-choice, and you'll see one being used to advocate a course of action, framed in...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: Wind power most popular source of energy in U

May 28, 2014,   by Hannah Fearn

Half of respondents to national survey would welcome a new wind farm within five miles of their home

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

CBC: Dentist faces charges for refusing patients who support windfarm

May 20, 2014,  

In an interview last September with CBC News, Studzienny said he refused treatment to certain councillors on M'Chigeeng and Little Current councils because he is opposed to wind turbines and was...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

4 dead as plane crashes at South Dakota wind farm

April 28, 2014,  

A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ReNewEconomy: What ‘wind turbine syndrome’ tells us about the future of cleantech

April 15, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

The urgent need for rapid decarbonisation of our electricity system means we have to research, build, test and deploy a raft of new technologies, all in a short time period. As new technology...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Etwas Luft: The Contours of Misinformation [about Wind Energy]

March 24, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Recently, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a comprehensive position statement on the curiously invulnerable issue of 'wind turbine syndrome'. One phrase from the statement caught my...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

AMA: Wind Farms and Health - 2014

March 17, 2014,  

The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Etwas Luft: How Irish Health Authorities got Anti-Vaxxers on Board with Spreading 'Wind Turbine Syndrome'

March 7, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Natural News isn't an easy website to browse. If you're conscious of the impact of the anti-vaccination movement, the content on the website quickly goes from mildly-entertaining weirdness to real,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: No reliable evidence wind farms harm health, peak research body says

February 24, 2014,   by Lenore Taylor

Australia’s peak health research body has again found there is no reliable evidence that windfarms harm human health, but the Abbott government is promising to commission further “comprehensive”...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

NHMRC: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health released for public comment

February 24, 2014,  

The draft Information Paper provides a summary of the available scientific evidence. Based on the evidence, the paper concludes that “there is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Study finds no evidence wind turbines make you sick – again

February 24, 2014,   by Simon Chapman

This report takes the number of reviews published on the issue since 2003 to 20. And all have reached the same broad conclusions.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind energy health concerns fail the test of law, repeatedly

February 23, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Since 1998 there have been 45 hearings held under rules of legal evidence in at least five English-speaking countries and four types of courts regarding wind energy, noise and health. Forty-four...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Onshore Wind Energy Potential in Germany: UBA's Study Includes Setbacks

February 6, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The UBA study found 13.8% of land area suitable for wind energy; 49,000 km2, and that with contemporary wind turbines there is the astonishing 1,200,000 MW capable of generating 2,900 TWh/yr. This is...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

RenewEconomy: Wind farm noise complainants and anti-wind groups: how many, how large?

January 13, 2014,   by Simon Chapman

As blogger Ketan Joshi has observed, unlike any other disease “wind turbine syndrome” seems to be a health problem that occurs mainly in English-speaking countries.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Ontario Tribunal dismisses health scares and health scarers

January 8, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Eric Gillespie, anti-wind lawyer, received a great amount more of legal fees to fail yet again in this extensive appeal. You would think that the people who keep paying him would eventually realize...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Star Phoenix: Your anti-wind hot air deflector

January 7, 2014,   by Paul Hanley

Tired of hearing these comments about renewable power, but don't know how to reply? Saskatoon Community Wind has come up with a list of common wind power myths along with snappy responses.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ABC: Rulings show no link between wind turbines and poor health

November 28, 2013,   by David Mark

The tribunal found the current state of scientific opinion was that there was no causal link of a physiological nature between adverse health effects and wind turbines. It was given no evidence at...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ABC: Relax - wind farms aren't stressing out your emus

November 27, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

What links the phenomena of allegedly stressed emus, dancing cattle and disoriented echidnas? Nothing but the ill-founded trend to blame anything and everything on wind farms

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

RenewEconomy: 9 Collision of science and sentiment – Waterloo wind farm cleared by EPA

November 27, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

The most interesting places on Earth are the subduction zones where tectonic plates of science and emotion scrape relentlessly. Buried in these dynamic boundaries we find the most telling insights...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

VicWind: Waubra - The Way the Wind Blows: Waubra’s residents tell their stories

October 5, 2013,   by Neil Barrett

Since the Waubra wind farm started generating power in 2009, the town has acquired a dubious reputation: the so-called `Waubra Disease’ is now known internationally. But how much sense does it make? ...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

VAD: Vibro Acoustic Disease or Venal Arrogant Distortion?

October 4, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

For several years, a Portuguese research group has been touting the horrors of something they termed “vibroacoustic disease” or VAD, claiming that this was a physiological affliction due to extended...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Show Me The Evidence: Juggling Climate pseudo-skepticism and 'Wind Turbine Syndrome'

September 30, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

Typically, we listen to experts, particularly when they're telling us about imminent danger. Yet, climate scientists have been burdened with an effective, angry and motivated crowd of climate...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind turbines are sonic weapons if feathers are speeding trucks

September 17, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

As each of anti-wind types’ arguments get shot down in flames, they usually resort to more and more outlandish claims. One of the most outlandish is that research on sonic or acoustic weapons is...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

September 17, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

People who host wind turbines on their properties and derive rental income from wind energy companies have important stories to tell about living alongside turbines, but they’ve largely been absent...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Atlantic: What Witchcraft Is Facebook?

September 11, 2013,   by Laura Dimon

I am posting a link to this article for its discourse on modern manias that could be compared to the panic caused in some communities by anti-wind energy activists, mostly in the English-speaking...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ReNew Economy: Why new technology often attracts bad science

September 4, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

moking-related diseases caused 14,900 deaths in 2004-05, there have been 4,700 deaths from mesothelioma since the 1980’s, and during the thalidomide crisis, 10,000 children were born with birth...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Ketan Joshi: Knocking Health Practitioners Off Their Feet- The Ad Agency and the Anti-wind Group

August 8, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

The Waubra Foundation, Australia's key player in the spread of health fears around wind energy, have stepped up their efforts - a flashy new website has popped up, adorned with brazen statements in...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind farm scare tactics blown away

August 3, 2013,   by Coral Wynter

There have been 17 reviews of the evidence about wind farms and health published internationally. Each of these reviews have concluded that wind turbines can annoy a minority of people who live near...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Farm Noise Complaints Downunder Related to Aesthetic Concerns

August 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In an interesting study by an Australian consulting company, the acousticians found that complaints about noise were directly related to the attitude of receptors toward the perceived aesthetic...[more]

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Energy Setbacks & Noise Complaints in Alberta 2000-2013

July 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

A recent study by the Pembina Institute found that there have been only six complaints about wind energy in the province during the 12-year period surveyed.[more]

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Enterprise-Bulletin: Judge awards costs to wind company

July 27, 2013,   by Morgan Ian Adams

“It is erroneous to interpret the reasons as establishing a precedent for the degree of proof required to establish a decrease in property values in these circumstances,” wrote Justice Healey in her...

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Pembina: Study finds Albertans file few complaints about wind power

July 26, 2013,   by Benjamin Thibault

No other province in Canada has a longer history with wind energy than Alberta, which has 20 years of experience with utility-scale wind farms. Yet, unlike some parts of the country, we don’t tend to...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, News on Large Wind

New Western study suggest winds of change may be blowing for wind turbines

July 22, 2013,  

Jamie Baxter from Western's Department of Geography and his team explore the conundrum that while a relatively strong majority of rural Ontarians actually living with turbines in their farming...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

London (Ontario) Free Press: Existing wind energy developments supported

July 22, 2013,   by Norman DeBono

Researchers found 69% of residents surveyed in an area home to one of Ontario’s first large turbine projects support them, but support dropped to 25% in a community that didn’t have turbines, said...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

W.H.O. has seen the wind! Well, not really

July 7, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

One of the B-movie monsters of wind energy that hasn’t lurched out of the woodshed recently, the splitting maul still stuck in its thick skull, is the favoured meme that somehow the World Health...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Australian Senate to anti-vaccination group: Pack up and go home

July 1, 2013,  

The Senate today passed a motion by Greens Health Spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, calling on the Australian Vaccination Network to disband and to cease its “harmful and unscientific scare...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Scientist: Worried Sick

July 1, 2013,   by Megan Scudellari

Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

How should you assess the quality of a wind health study?

June 27, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Assessing the quality of medical literature is challenging. Assessing the quality of wind energy and health related literature is easier, because the number of people publishing in the field is...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Conspiracy, Control and The Dark Corners of the Internet

June 26, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

It is one of the most comprehensive collection of conspiracy theories I have seen in a while. The site itself offers a fascinating study of how conspiracy theorists operate - and, potentially, tells...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Indpendent Australia: Wind taken out of [anti-]protesters’ sails in Canberra

June 18, 2013,   by Sandi Keane

An impressive line-up of speakers including the master debunker of the mythical “Wind Turbine Syndrome”, Professor Simon Chapman, attracted a large crowd of enthusiastic renewables supporters....

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Climate Spectator: Bursting the bubble of anti-wind astroturfers

June 4, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

Anti-wind groups will no doubt continue to disseminate hyperbolic misinformation through the veil of secretive front organisations, compensating for a lack of evidence with the assumed authority of a...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: Australia's wind energy debate spinning out of control

June 2, 2013,   by Graham Readfearn

Anti-wind farm activists are blaming turbines for everything from herpes to doubling power prices

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Cape Cod Times: Turbines to stay in Falmouth Say Voters

May 22, 2013,   by Amy Anthony

Voters soundly rejected a question on Tuesday's ballot that would have funded the removal of two town-owned wind turbines. . . The question was rejected 6,001 to 2,940, with 67 percent voting against...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Wind Energy & the Environment

Inkfish: How to Convince People WiFi Is Making Them Sick

May 13, 2013,   by Elizabeth Preston

Though the researchers set out to show how irresponsible reports in the media can trigger a nocebo effect, they ended up showing how easy it is to make a person feel sick with just a a prop and a few...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Sun Journal: Health effects of wind towers hyped by media

May 12, 2013,   by Richard Jennings M.D.

Further study, as demanded by opponents of wind, will appropriately continue, and will take time. Given, however, the well-documented and peer-reviewed evidence thus far, there is no medical...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Turbine “noise” No Biggie for Germans. Why?

May 6, 2013,   by Peter Sinclair

If wind turbines were as “bad” for you as windbaggers in the US would like you to believe, there should be a lot of body bags piling up in places like Germany, Denmark, and, well, Iowa – places that...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Department of Health, Victoria, Australia: Windfarms

May 1, 2013,  

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the peak national body for research in Australia, issued a Public Statement: Wind Turbines and Health - July 2010 that there was no published...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Department of Health, Victoria, Australia: Wind farms, sound and health

May 1, 2013,  

However, the available evidence does not support claims that inaudible sounds can have direct physiological effects. Physiological effects on humans have only been detected at levels that are...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Anti-wind farm lobby claims break all laws of physics

April 21, 2013,   by Stephen Luntz

The case of the increasingly vocal lobby groups against wind farms in populated areas is based on the idea that widely accepted scientific principles are wrong. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Fictitious Uprising - Anti-Wind in English Speaking Countries

April 16, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

Consistency is important. When you are faced with a severe deficiency of empirical evidence, you must turn to tactic. The anti-wind lobby uses one tactic with regularity - the generation of enormous...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: High court rules against 'buffer zones' for windfarms

April 15, 2013,   by James Murray

Test case upholds complaint from RWE Npower Renewables that Milton Keynes Council acted unlawfully with turbine restrictions . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

New Yorker: What a Conspiracy Theorist Believes

April 10, 2013,   by Gary Marcus

These results fit in with a longer literature on what has come to be known as “motivated reasoning.” Other things being equal, people tend to believe what they want to believe, and to disbelieve new...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

No Basis to Claims that Windfarms Affect Property Values

April 3, 2013,   by Greg Barber

Research by Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber shows that there is no basis to the anti-wind activists claims of a ‘thirty to fifty percent drop’ in property values near wind farms. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation

March 27, 2013,   by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, and Michael Marriott

Interesting paper for the possible connections between anti-science climate deniers and the anti-wind industry. Both are fond of conspiracy theories. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Denier Déjà Vu: Conspiracy Theories In The Blogosphere In Response To Research On Conspiracy Theories

March 26, 2013,   by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky

The results of {the study “NASA faked the moon landing — Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax”} implied that conspiratorial thinking is linked to climate denial, and hence might emerge in turn to...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Health News: Personality clue to 'wind turbine syndrome'

March 23, 2013,  

Public concern about new technology infrastructure like mobile phone masts has been shown to trigger reports of ill health… and recently even the new ‘green’ technology of wind turbines has been...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Personality clue to 'wind turbine syndrome'

March 22, 2013,   by J. Taylor

Public concern about new technology infrastructure like mobile phone masts has been shown to trigger reports of ill health… and recently even the new 'green' technology of wind turbines has been...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Oregon Public Health: The Strategic Health Impact Assessment on Wind Energy Development in Oregon

March 20, 2013,  

Factors unrelated to noise may explain some of the annoyance reported in the few epidemiological studies of wind turbine noise. These factors include being able to see wind turbines from home, having...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Conversation: New study: wind turbine syndrome is spread by scaremongers

March 15, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

Earlier this week researchers at the University of Auckland published an experimental study showing that people primed by watching online information about health problems from wind turbines,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Conversation: How the power of suggestion generates wind farm symptoms

March 15, 2013,   by Fiona Crichton

A surge in health complaints linked to wind farms could owe more to increased discussion of health risk than the low-level sound generated by the actual turbines, according to a new study. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: Windfarm sickness spreads by word of mouth, Australian study finds

March 15, 2013,   by Alison Rourke

Health complaints from people living around turbines shown to be psychological effect of anti-wind lobby making people worry . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Spatio-temporal differences in the history of health and noise complaints about Australian wind farms: evidence for the psychogenic, “communicated disease” hypothesis

March 14, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

Background and objectives With often florid allegations about health problems arising from wind turbine exposure now widespread in parts of rural Australia and on the internet, nocebo effects...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Bad day in court for anti-wind campaigner Sarah Laurie

March 4, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Discover: Windfarms, Wifi and Self-Fulfilling Myths

March 3, 2013,  

Driven by media and online coverage of the idea, many believe that things like wifi and cell-phone signals are making them ill. There’s no good evidence that such ‘electrosmog‘ causes health...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Mike Barnard: Wind farms causing fires? All smoke, no flame

March 1, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

With this and a small handful of other pictures of wind turbines on fire, anti-wind lobbyists and campaigners are raising yet another set of unfounded fears in those living in areas where wind farms...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

A study in Noise and Health shows that wind farms cause people to lose sleep. How reliable is this study?

February 25, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

The study Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health by Nissenbaum, Hanning and Aramini is being referenced in articles world-wide and is being held up as peer-reviewed evidence...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Environment Protection Authority finds windfarms do not produce harmful noise

February 4, 2013,   by Julian Swallow

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other environments

January 31, 2013,   by T Evans, J Cooper & V Lenchine

It is clear from the results that the infrasound levels measured at the two residential locations near wind farms (Location 8 near the Bluff Wind Farm and Location 9 near Clements Gap Wind Farm) are...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Bad Science Watch: Investigation of Anti-WiFi Activism in Canada

January 27, 2013,  

Across Canada anti-WiFi activists are spreading misinformation about wireless networking (WiFi) and related technologies. Many activists blame WiFi networks’ low level radio signals for a broad...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Telegraph: The Town That Caught Tourette’s

October 26, 2012,  

The documentary, though, was commendably sober. It became stiflingly uncomfortable as the girls’ parents looked fruitlessly for someone or something external to blame. They were repelled by the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

New Scientist: The sickening truth about wind farm syndrome

October 8, 2012,  

The fact that money seems to be a magic antidote to these ailments further undermines the claims. Health complaints are as rare as rocking horse excrement among turbine hosts. Complaints are rare...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Orangeville Citizen: Doctors support turbines, criticize fossil, nuclear options

August 9, 2012,  

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is describing Health Canada’s study of health impacts from wind turbines as “superfluous (and) a waste of time and a waste of public...

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Orangeville Citizen: Doctors support turbines, criticize fossil, nuclear options

August 9, 2012,  

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is describing Health Canada’s study of health impacts from wind turbines as “superfluous (and) a waste of time and a waste of public...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Simon Chapman: Wind turbine syndrome: a classic ‘communicated’ disease

July 20, 2012,  

At the beginning of this year I started collecting examples of health problems some people were attributing to wind turbine exposure. I had noticed a growing number of such claims on the internet and...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

London Free Press: Wind storm

July 17, 2012,  

The medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent says claims that turbines affect human health are nothing more than hot air. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Damian Carrington: Why there's only one honest objection to wind farms

June 21, 2012,  

The daft claim that wind subsidies have driven 50,000 people into fuel poverty exemplifies the dishonesty of most objections . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Neil Barrett's Getting the Wind Up: Exploring the concerns about adverse health effects of wind power in Australia and Europe

June 13, 2012,  

Denmark and Germany provide evidence of a different kind: despite the presence of 30,000 wind turbines in these two countries, adverse health effects are not a significant issue in either country. ....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Mike Barnard: Is the infrasound emitted by wind turbines harmful to humans or animals?

May 8, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

Summary: the infrasound produced by wind turbines is too quiet to be heard, felt or to cause harm. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Mike Barnard: Wind Power: Is Dr. Nina Pierpoint's "Wind Turbine Syndrome" a real medical syndrome caused by wind turbines?

May 2, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

Summary: Dr. Pierpont's book, Wind Turbine Syndrome, is a deeply flawed and vastly over-inflated work that is causing much more harm than any good it might be attempting to achieve. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Bavarian Report on Wind Turbines and Infrasound

February 1, 2012,  

Da die von Windkraftanlagen erzeugten Infraschallpegel in der Umgebung deutlich unterhalb der Hör- und Wahrnehmungsgrenzen liegen, können nach heutigem Stand der Wissenschaft Windkraftanlagen beim...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

“Wind Turbine Syndrome” F.A.Q’s

September 20, 2011,  

Wind Turbine Syndrome (“WTS”) is an alleged condition proposed by pediatrician Dr Nina Pierpoint. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Environmental Health Journal: Health effects and wind turbines: a review of the literature

September 14, 2011,   by Loren D Knopper and Christopher A Ollson

In peer reviewed studies, wind turbine annoyance has been statistically associated with wind turbine noise, but found to be more strongly related to visual impact, attitude to wind turbines and...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Erickson decision: wind turbines can be built in Ontario

August 18, 2011,   by Dianne Saxe

Wind turbines can be built in Ontario, despite opponents’ claims of adverse health effects. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Potential Health Impact of Wind Turbines

May 20, 2011,   by Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of Ontario

The review concludes that while some people living near wind turbines report symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and sleep disturbance, the scientific evidence available to date does not...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Toronto Star: Doctors and nurses back wind and solar power

April 11, 2011,   by John Spears

Ontario’s family physicians and nurses are launching an advertising campaign to defend wind and solar power. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Low Frequency Noise and Infrasound Associated with Wind Turbine Generator Systems A Literature Review

December 10, 2010,   by Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Low Frequency Noise and Infrasound Associated with Wind Turbine Generator Systems A Literature Review. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Saskatchewan Court Decision on Claims of Impact from Proposed Wind Turbines

July 10, 2010,  

The decision effectively dismisses claims of potential impact and the credibility of witnesses for the plaintiffs.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

New Report From Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Of Health Says There Is No Direct Causal Link Between Wind Turbines And Adverse Health Effects

May 20, 2010,   by Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health

The scientific evidence does not demonstrate any direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects according to a new report from Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's Chief Medical...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States

December 1, 2009,   by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Specifically, neither the view of the wind facilities nor the distance of the home to those facilities is found to have any consistent, measurable, and statistically significant effect on home sales...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health on Wind Turbines

October 21, 2009,   by Dr. Arlene King

The review concluded that there is no evidence of noise-induced health effects at levels emitted by wind turbines . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Attack on industrial wind puffed with false peer review claims

August 4, 2009,   by Gar Lipow

Shame on Pierpont for using such deceit to prop up her case. Shame on the Independent for not even bothering to read the Pierpont website carefully enough to detect this poorly concealed...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Are wind farms a health risk?

August 3, 2009,   by National Health Services

This study provides no conclusive evidence that wind turbines have an effect on health or are causing the set of symptoms described here as "wind turbine syndrome". The study design was weak, the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Why so much noise about wind?

July 13, 2009,   by John Howard

The time for that choice is now. Do we allow our health to suffer by continuing to rely on coal? Do we gamble on nuclear? Or do we choose a less harmful path toward renewable energy? How do we...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Tyler Hamilton: For and against wind power

May 12, 2009,   by Tyler Hamilton

So, which concerns are real and which aren't? Let's investigate whether utility-scale wind energy is as green and economical as the industry and politicians paint it. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Tyler Hamilton: Noise protesters howling about windfarms

May 11, 2009,   by Tyler Hamilton

The known and well-documented health effects from coal use and the threat that climate change poses to humans and other species must be weighed against the unproven links between wind turbines and...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

'Annoyance' factor exists

April 16, 2009,   by Peter Epp

Dr. David Colby doesn't doubt that some people are bothered by the noise generated by a wind turbine, but the acting medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent says there's no direct link between...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Letter from Las Vegas about Mars

March 30, 2009,   by Craig Morris

On Noise from Wind Turbines and Wild Claims

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Health Impact of Wind Turbines: A Review of the Current White, Grey, and Published Literature by Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (Ontario, Canada)

June 1, 2008,   by Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (Ontario, Canada)

opposition to wind farms on the basis of potential adverse health consequences is not justified by the evidence. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

New report eases concerns over wind turbine noise

July 1, 2007,   by Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Based on these findings, [the British] Government does not consider there to be a compelling case for further work into AM [Aerodynamic Modulation] and will not carry out any further research at this...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Setbacks in California

November 1, 2006,   by California Wind Energy Collaborative

There is no one setback from residences for large wind turbines in California. Setbacks are regulated by individual counties. In 2006, the University of California at Davis did a survey of setback...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The bizarre dance of wind power: Local opponents and right-wing think tanks

October 7, 2006,   by Erik Curren

First, they raise questions about the role of wind as a source of electricity against America's main source of electric power today - coal, much of which is mined and burned in Appalachia. Second,...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Myth: Turbines are a health hazard

September 1, 2004,   by Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

In 25 years of wind generation, with 68,000 turbines now worldwide, there are no significant reports of health issues. This includes Denmark, whose turbine density is 30 times that of the UK.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Measurement of Low Frequency Noise at Three UK Wind Farms

January 1, 2004,   by Hayes McKenzie

The Measurement of Low Frequency Noise at Three UK Wind Farms--Of the 126 wind farms operating in the UK, five have been reported low frequency noise problems. Therefore, such complaints are the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Public Safety and Setbacks

December 1, 1994,   by Paul Gipe

    Excerpted from Wind Energy Comes of Age by Paul Gipe, John Wiley & Sons, Inc New York (1995), pages 361-364, ISBN 0-471-10924-X. This except is provided as public service and can be viewed...[more]

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

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