Impact on People
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So, before we proclaim victory against our profligate use of fossil fuels in the last 50 years, politicians and environmental groups might ponder the huge costs in dollars and environmental damage before 20-storey windmills festoon our coastlines, our sea lanes and our beautiful Quebec hills.
Jon Boone addresses wind power for the Mid-Atlantic region.
Eric Rosenbloom, a resident of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, addresses why wind power does not live up to advocates' claims, why its impact on the environment and people's lives is far from benign and how money invested in wind energy could be better spent.
The siting of industrial wind turbines in Ontario has been based on predictive computer modelling. While there is ample evidence regarding adverse health effects, the conduct of human health studies to determine regulations for
setbacks and noise levels that protect health is still lacking.
The purpose of this document is to inform authorities and decision makers of new evidence, including articles published in peer reviewed scientific journals which advance knowledge on the topic of adverse health effects of industrial turbines.
This peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada examines the health impacts of industrial-scale wind turbines when sited in proximity of where people live. The introduction and conclusion of the paper is excerpted below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
This report of the results of Dr. Michael Nissenbaum's investigation into turbine noise impacts on residents living near the Mars Hill ME and Vinalhaven ME wind energy facilities was presented at the 10th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem (ICBEN) 2011 in London.
This letter provides a preliminary evaluation of the Feasibility Study for the proposed Salem Wind Turbine generator on Winter Island in Salem, MA relative to noise. Acoustic experts Robert Rand and Stephen Ambrose raise questions pertaining to how existing background noise levels were surveyed and predictive noise levels after the turbine is erected.
This document authored by Acoustic Ecology Institute provides a comprehensive overview of noise issues pertaining to utility-scale wind energy development. This AEI Special Report will be continually updated, incorporating new research, more recent reports, and suggestions/comments from readers. Planned topics to be added over time include: effects of noise on wildlife and habitat, offshore wind energy, and the health effects of chronic noise exposure.
Dr. Michael Nissenbaum M.D. submitted this affidavit detailing his study of adverse health impacts from industrial wind turbines before the Rural Municipalities of Martin and Moosomin in the Province of Sasktchewan. The proposed wind project is known as the Red Lily Wind Energy project.
...I want people to be well aware of the negative side of these giant windmills before allowing them to be built in your neighborhoods.