Resources Industrial Wind Impacts: 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.
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New WHO noise guidelines for Europe released. Basel, Switzerland, 10 October 2018.
Pilottitutkimus osoittaa infraäänihaitan vähenevän merkittävästi vasta yli 15 kilometrin päässä tuulivoimaloista. SYTe (2019). Finnish Association for Environmental Health. English Language PDF
The pilot study in Satakunta and Northern Ostrobothnia shows that the damage caused by wind farms’ infrared noise will only decrease significantly more than 15 kilometers away from power plants. The study was carried out by the Finnish Environmental Health Association (SYTe) in the spring of 2016.
Auniogroup (2017). Wind turbine infrared is a new signal in the environment. Trade Finland 34/2017, pp. 6-7. https://www.auniogroup.com/2017/09/11/windows-infra-on-new-contents/
Auniogroup (2018). Infrared measurements of wind turbines in the area of Ilmajoki.
Auniogroup (2017). Kokkola wind turbines.
Roy D. Jeffery, Carmen Krogh, Brett Horner, Adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines. the College of Family Physicians of Canada.Can Fam Physician. 2013 May; 59(5): 473-475.PMCID:PMC3653647 PMID: 23673580
Canadian family physicians can expect to see increasing numbers of rural patients reporting adverse effects from exposure to industrial wind turbines (IWTs). People who live or work in close proximity to IWTs have experienced symptoms that include decreased quality of life, annoyance, stress, sleep disturbance, headache, anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. Some have also felt anger, grief, or a sense of injustice. Suggested causes of symptoms include a combination of wind turbine noise, infrasound, dirty electricity, ground current, and shadow flicker.1 Family physicians should be aware that patients reporting adverse effects from IWTs might experience symptoms that are intense and pervasive and might feel further victimized by a lack of caregiver understanding.
05 June 2018, Barry et al., 2018 The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 143, 3278 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5039840 “The findings indicate that residential proximity to wind turbines is correlated with annoyance and health-related quality of life measures.
February 15, 2018 Pathway to disease: Australian court links wind turbine noise with possible diseases. https://www.wind-watch.org/news/
The Society for Wind Vigilance is an international federation of physicians, engineers and other professionals: The safe siting of wind turbine facilities based on human health research, Education through the dissemination of facts and references on the risk of adverse health effects of human exposure to industrial wind turbines. (Site contains several studies)
Wind Turbine Noise and Human Health: A Four-Decade History of Evidence that Wind Turbines Pose Risks. Jerry L. Punch, Richard R. James. October 21, 2016.
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
Marchillo et al. (2014). It is infrasound generated by wind farms and its propagation in low-altitude tropospheric waveguides. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres . Available at: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2014JD022821
April 27, 2017 Annette Smith: The winds of woe… neighbors learned the truth. Yes, you can hear them. http://www.vermontbiz.com/news
April 12, 2017 RESEARCH ARTICLE: Altered cortical and subcortical connectivity due to infrasound administered near the hearing threshold – Evidence from fMRI (PDF) http://en.friends-against-wind.org
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 http://en.friends-against-wind.org
VT PSB Noise Rule Presentation Final 2 Dec2016 to VCE by Stephen E. Ambrose, INCE, Bd Cert. – Specializing in Acoustics study summary document PDF
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 . http://www.howsyourhearing.org
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. http://www.mymalonetelegram.com
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. http://www.theblaze.com/news/
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
Havas M, Colling D. Wind turbines make waves: why some residents near wind turbines become ill. Bull Sci Technol Soc. 2011;31(5):414–26. [Google Scholar]
Nissenbaum MA, Aramini JJ, Hanning CD. Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health. Noise Health. 2012;14(60):237–43. [PubMed]
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
September 2012, NOISE AND HEALTH. PROPOSED COLLECTOR WIND FARM, UPPER LACHLAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA (RATCH AUSTRALIA CORPORATION), Dr Alan C Watts OAM , Dr Colleen J Watts OAM.
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 https://wattsupwiththat.com
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 http://www.mymalonetelegram.com
On the bus to Hardscrabble Wind Farm – class action lawsuit against Iberdrola that claims the effects of the turbines constitute a nuisance https://www.wind-watch.org/news
Court document Hardscrabble Wind Farm – class action lawsuit against Iberdrola (pdf) https://madisonmattersdotorg.files.wordpress.com
An earful over turbine noise http://www.simcoereformer.ca
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 http://northcountrynow.com
Wind farm being sued by families admits its liability https://www.wind-watch.org
Perception-based protection from low-frequency sounds may not be enough. Research from Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO http://oto2.wustl.edu
A Review of Published Research on Low Frequency Noise and its Effects Report for Defra. Dr Geoff Leventhall, Dr Peter Pelmear, Dr Stephen Benton. Defra Publications
Admail. London May 2003. (PDF)
- Adverse environmental effects from industrial wind turbines.
- Blight of the windfarm on communities
- Controversies persist after wind projects are operating.
- Flowers can hear buzzing bees—and it makes their nectar sweeter
- Horrible Experience, Deer Hunting around turbines.
- Hunting in wind farm a horrible experience.
- LIGO study of the transmission of seismic vibrations from large wind turbines
- Losing Quiet Spaces
- MSU Professor: Wind Turbines Can Cause Illness.
- Sales Pitch: Industrial Turbines are Quiet – FALSE
- Seismic vibrations cause Diplocardia earthworms to emerge from the soil
- There is no free environmental lunch when it comes to building and using massive turbine structures.
- Video – INFRASOUND AND LOW FREQUENCY NOISE
- Video: from German public service broadcaster ZDF (audio in English) on wind turbines and infrasound.
- Videos: The wind turbine land agent.
- Visual Blight and Noise pollution.
- Wind Turbine Sound: An Independent Investigation
- Wind Turbine stress on birds could increases chances of West Nile virus.
- Wind turbine vibration effect on animals.
- Wind turbines are making songbirds change their tune