Noise & Health

Links to some articles about noise pollution and health issues

A powerful and moving account by Jenny regarding the construction and operation of Dalswinton wind farm near Dumfries. Click here to listen.

An article in the Donegal Daily about “Wind Turbine Syndrome” and the distance at which noise from turbines can travel.

An article in the Telegraph about noise, this time in the Highlands, where a wind farm was ordered to shut down temporarily and take measures to mitigate noise levels. This sets a precedent in Scotland, and demonstrates that developers will suffer financially if they do not plan ahead adequately to minimise noise.

An online article about life looking out on the turbines of Hadyard Hill, the windfarm above Barr.

CATS Submission Annex 2: David_Baldwin_submission(1): A PDF, found online, representing a submission on the question of noise by David Baldwin of Barr, in regard to Hadyard Hill. Both this and the previous article about Hadyard Hill highlight the difficulty of predicting noise in a confined valley topography.

A video about noise and flicker suffered by David Baldwin, neighbour of the Hadyard Hill windfarm:

Impact on Human health:

Article on possible health issues: Mail Online

Submission to the House of Lords from a couple in Lincolnshire:
Jane & Julian Davis – submission to House of Lords Select Committee 2008
Davis submission – appendix 1 – property values
Davis submission -appendix 2 – noise & shadow flicker

Links to two pages on wind turbine health concerns in Australia

The European Platform against windfarms:

The following link is to YouTube video of evidence given by an epidemiologist testifying on wind turbine health effects. Click here to watch.

This YouTube video gives details of wind turbine syndrome experienced by a couple in Oregon. Click here to watch.

Again an American video which deals with noise issues plus the visual impact in a scenic area. One of the speakers is a farmer’s son who initially thought wind power was a good thing and welcomed the turbines being built near his parent’s farm. Click here to view.


Adverse health effects: Canadian doctors told to expect more cases

CFPThe May 2013 edition of the ‘Canadian Family Physician’ journal warns that family doctors can expect to see increasing numbers of rural patients reporting adverse effects from exposure to industrial wind turbines (IWTs). The suggestion is that they should be in a position to recognise the ailments and provide an empathetic response. In addition, their contributions to clinical studies are required to clarify the relationship between IWT exposure and human health and to help shape regulations that will protect physical, mental, and social well-being.

A link to the full article can be found here.


3 thoughts on “Noise & Health

  1. Relating to negative effects due to wind turbines, Nick Collins of the Daily Telegraph published an article on 22 July 2012 about properties in England (in particular Cornwall) where residents sought a reduction in council tax on their properties due to the devaluation of those properties because of their proximity to a wind turbine.

  2. As a speech and language therapist I was curious to know what impact the proximity of wind farms might have on the language development and processing of children. At an “International Symposium on the Global Wind Industry and Adverse Health Effects: Loss of Social Justice?” in October 2010 research had been carried out regarding the impact of low-frequency noise on children’s brain processing for language, as well as on reading and writing. There is also mention of sleep disturbance, memory loss, panic/anxiety attacks in adults as well as children. Of particular importance is the article starting on page 11 by Dr. Alec Salt, PhD which says “the ear has a physiological response to low frequency noise at the intensities produced by wind turbines”, i.e. there may not be an audible sound, but the inner ear and the brain still register noise at this frequency. He makes interesting comparisons between those sound measurements that wind industry consultants make, and the real impact of wind turbine noise on local residents (pg. 12). Christopher Hanning, MD has a short but nonetheless important bit on sleep arousal. Rick James, Noise Control Engineer, discusses data regarding the impact of high level, low frequency noise and infrasound from turbines, making an invaluable point that “the arrangement and spacing of turbines in clusters also affects how much noise they make, because a second turbine, beating in the downwind turbulence of the first turbine, makes more noise.” Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, MD, writes an article on their effects on sleep and mood, varying directly in relation to proximity/distance of wind turbines.
    All of this makes for sobering reading, but also provides exciting data for us to refer to.

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