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Health, Noise, Flicker, Vibrations

As Wind Farms have moved into communities, and ecologically important or fragile areas, there has been an emerging track record of negative impacts to local peoples and wildlife in and surrounding those projects.

05 June 2018,  Barry et al., 2018    The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 143, 3278 (2018);  “The findings indicate that residential proximity to wind turbines is correlated with annoyance and health-related quality of life measures.

May 25, 2018,  Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Lecture about low frequency noise and infrasound and its effects on health, by Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira. Held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on May 25, 2018.

February 15, 2018 Pathway to disease: Australian court links wind turbine noise with possible diseases.

December 2017. Startle Reflex and Sensitisation How are these Biological Phenomena  relevant to Wind Turbine Noise Exposure? Sarah Laurie, Waubra Foundation, Dr Bob Thorne, Acoustar, Steven Cooper, The Acoustic Group. ASA Conference, New Orleans, December 2017

 April 27, 2017 Annette Smith: The winds of woe… neighbors learned the truth. Yes, you can hear them.

April 12, 2017  RESEARCH ARTICLE: Altered cortical and subcortical connectivity due to infrasound administered near the hearing threshold – Evidence from fMRI (PDF)

March 2017 International Standards Organization acknowledges motion sickness from low-frequency oscillatory motion below 1 Hz http://en.friends-against-wind

March 30, 2017 ISO acknowledges motion sickness from low-frequency oscillatory
motion below 1 Hz

VT PSB Noise Rule Presentation Final 2 Dec2016 to VCE by Stephen E. Ambrose, INCE, Bd Cert. – Specializing in Acoustics study summary document PDF

Ontarians living too close to wind turbines experiencing cardiac instability

Wind-Turbine Noise: American Academy of Audiology – What Audiologists Should Know – low-frequency noise and vibration emitted by wind turbines may have adverse health effects on humans .

March 21, 2017 Wind towers in Bellmont also meet town noise-level restrictions. Wind towers in the town that have been the subject of noise complaints from residents.

March 14, 2017 CHATEAUGAY –– The turbine towers erected for the Jericho Rise wind farm project comply with town restrictions on the amount of noise they can generate –– but that doesn’t mean they aren’t noisy, town officials said Monday.

Mar 12, 2017  Psychologist claims wind industry dangerous to human health, pens epic takedown of ‘green’ energy. Writing for Watts Up With That, “the world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change,” Helen Schwiesow Parker, Ph.D., laid out a detailed case suggesting the wind industry has caused “adverse human health effects,”… Parker is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former faculty member at University of Virginia Medical School.

Gortsas et al., 2017     Infrasound, low frequency noise and soil vibrations produced by large wind turbines might disturb the comfort of nearby structures and residents. Due to wind loading, the foundation of a wind turbine interacts with the soil and creates micro-seismic surface waves that propagate for long distances and they are able to influence adversely sensitive measurements conducted by laboratories located far from the excitation point.”

Krekel and Zerrahn, 2017     We show that the construction of wind turbines close to households exerts significant negative external effects on residential well-being … In fact, beyond unpleasant noise emissions (Bakker et al., 2012; McCunney et al., 2014) and impacts on wildlife (Pearce-Higgins et al., 2012; Schuster et al., 2015), most importantly, wind turbines have been found to have negative impacts on landscape aesthetics (Devine-Wright, 2005; Jobert et al., 2007; Wolsink, 2007). … We show that the construction of a wind turbine within a radius of 4,000 metres has a significant negative and sizeable effect on life satisfaction. For larger radii, no negative externalities can be detected.”

The Behavioral Ecology of Insect Vibrational Communication REGINALD B. COCROFT AND RAFAEL L. RODRÍGUEZ

May 22, 2017, Analysis of the Influence of Wind Turbine Noise on Seismic Recordings at Two Wind Parks in Germany Hortencia Flores Estrella, Michael Korn, Kilian Albert, Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 2017, 5, 76-91

Schofield, R. (2002) Seismic Measurements at the Stateline Wind Project—A Prediction of the Seismic Signal that the Proposed Maiden Wind Project Would Produce at LIGO. University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA. LIGO-T020104-00-Z

Styles, P., Stimpson, I., Toon, S., England, R. and Wright, M. (2005) Microseismic and Infrasound Monitoring of Low Freqency Noise und Vibrations from Windfarms. Recommendations on the Siting of Windfarms in the Vicinity of Eskdalemuir, Scotland. Report, Keele University, Keele.

Wind power and ecology, October-November 2011 Nature and Society  

This chapter will be confined to noise, health and related issues, with the implications
for the Collector Wind Farm proposal. Aspects of health information contained in the
Marshall Day Acoustics report within the Collector Wind Farm Environmental Assessment will be discussed.

Science deniers in the wind industry

How Does Wind Turbine Noise Affect People? Acoustics research Department of Otolaryngology Washington University School of Medicine Acoustics Today (pdf)

February 28 ,2017 Chateaugay, Bellmont officials receive complaints about noise generated by Jericho Rise Wind Farm

On the bus to Hardscrabble Wind Farm – class action lawsuit against Iberdrola that claims the effects of the turbines constitute a nuisance

Court document Hardscrabble Wind Farm – class action lawsuit against Iberdrola (pdf)

Living in the shadow of Iberdrola wind farm… It’s nothing but misery
Wind turbines make people ill: fact not fiction August 27, 2014

An earful over turbine noise

Wind farm opponent warns St. Lawrence County legislators of potential problems

Massachusetts photographer travels to St. Lawrence County to warn officials and locals concerning controversial wind tower project

Wind farm being sued by families admits its liability

Perception-based protection from low-frequency sounds may not be enough. Research from Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

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