Tag Archives: noise

Wind energy health concerns fail the test of law, repeatedly

Since 1998 there have been 47 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-six assessed the evidence and found no potential for harm to human health, and the sole outlier is an instructive but unique case. To find […]

Anti-wind Experts: a species that is actually endangered by wind energy

Over the past five years, a few anti-wind campaigners with credentials or experience unrelated to wind energy and its purported effects on humans have attempted to bootstrap themselves into the role of expert witnesses on a variety of subjects that they are not qualified to speak about in civil suits, Environmental Review Tribunals in Canada […]

CBC’s Wind Rush documentary should be given the bum’s rush

What if I made a documentary about people suffering? What if several people talked about their horrific symptoms? What if five experts agreed that they had a real concern? What if video evidence was shown making the problem obvious? What if the only people saying that there wasn’t a problem were the people making money […]

Assessment of Quality of References from Wind Victims Ontario site

I was asked to provide an assessment of the quality of evidence referenced on the Wind Victims Ontario site. Summary: In general, they have chosen a collection of material of very low evidentiary value and reliability that has for the most part not been published in indexed, impact-factor assessed and quality journals. Those papers which […]

Windstrument: another off-key wind energy ‘innovation’

On Quora recently, someone asked “Windstrument – yet another revolutionary wind turbine. Have they got it right?“. I answered, there and have reposted my answer here. I have a set of 13 questions I always ask when confronted with yet-another-wind-energy-innovation to give it a quick sniff test. I asked these questions of the Windstrument based on publicly […]

Amplitude Modulation: another anti-wind myth goes thump

One thing to admire about those who dislike wind energy is their sheer persistence. If one argument gets stamped out, they turn to another without blinking an eye. Specific pieces of disinformation ebb and flow as the evidence mounts. One of the recurring minor points of anti-wind rhetoric is that wind farms commonly feature amplitude […]

In their own words: People living among and near wind farms on video

People have been living with utility-scale wind turbines for 50 years. Now they have great video cameras on their iPhones and access to YouTube and Vimeo. Here are a great bunch of videos where people tell their stories of living among and near wind farms in their own words. Have ones I should add? Let […]

Pseudoscience debate tactics: a VAD case study

In a rare occurrence, an anti-wind pseudoscientist engaged in a public debate with someone who wasn’t already convinced that wind turbines cause horrible diseases and actually knew what the evidence really said. The argumentative tricks that pseudoscientists use to try to win such debates were on full display. This post details those tricks. First, a […]

VAD: Vibro Acoustic Disease or Venal Arrogant Distortion?

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 exposure to infrasound. In recent years, they’ve been making the claim that wind turbines can cause this affliction. What claims do they make about VAD? […]

Wind turbines are sonic weapons if feathers are speeding trucks

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 somehow pertinent to wind turbines and the health impacts that people claim that they cause. Read this for the basics on […]

How reliable are they? Studies, reports and papers related to wind and health

Based on guidance I put together to assist interested laymen, journalists and others trying to understand the knotty problem of wind energy and its health impacts, I’ve done a very rough application to most of the major pieces of evidence referenced in the discussions. This material will be updated periodically as I assess more material […]

Wisconsin Shirley Infrasound report of low evidentiary value

Many people are pointing to an acousticians’ consulting report from Wisconsin as a smoking gun in discussions of wind turbines and infrasound. The report is A Cooperative Measurement Survey and Analysis of Low Frequency and Infrasound at the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County, Wisconsin, published in December 2012 and often colloquially referred to as the […]

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

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 Organization (WHO) has agreed that wind energy causes health issues and has issued proclamations against it, or favours extraordinary setbacks. The […]

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

Every day or so headlines pop up in various parts of the world claiming that research has shown that wind turbines cause health impacts, or wind turbines don’t cause health problems or that someone has proven something or other negative or positive about wind energy. How can you figure out which ones to trust relatively […]

When medical practitioners mislead: trio targets family doctors with bad information

Three Canadians — two with current and historical medical credentials — have  jointly written a commentary in Canadian Family Physician (CFP), a peer-reviewed medical journal which is the official publication of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. They warn of negative health impacts from wind energy that family physicians should watch for near wind generation […]

Sarah Laurie: doctoring the truth about wind power

Sarah Laurie* is CEO and primary spokesperson for the Waubra Foundation, an anti-wind energy campaigning group based a long way from Waubra with tight links to Australia’s fossil fuels industry and well-off people fighting proposed wind farms near their rural idylls. Formerly a GP, Ms. Laurie has been non-practicing and de-registered longer than she was […]

Have one minute? Promote #windpower on Twitter

Twitter: it’s instantaneous, brief , reaches politicians, celebrities and your Aunt Doreen, and is often maddeningly wrong.  But who has time to go find the perfect data point to rebut the anti-wind myths that float around or provide the perfect credible argument in a discussion?  Or just bust out a cool, referenced fact because you […]

Have five minutes? Correct anti-wind myths in articles and comments

Have you read an article or comment thread online that contains anti-wind myths and disinformation but didn’t have the resources at your fingertips to counter the spin? This post is intended to let you create factual, solid, referenced comments debunking disinformation in five minutes or less in the areas of Health, Environment and Smart Grid. […]

How close is too close: meteors vs wind farms

Setbacks for wind turbines from homes are an unnecessarily controversial issue in many parts of the world.  While public health organizations, major utilities, the government and the wind industry have worked closely together to find a good balance, establish guidelines and laws, and to put in place modelling software to assist in site planning to […]

“Wind turbine syndrome” is more wind than syndrome

Dr. Nina Pierpont performed a small set of medical interviews of people who complained of health problems that they blamed on wind turbines.  She self-published a 294-page book on her findings she called “Wind Turbine Syndrome” (http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/) in 2009.  This book and the syndrome are widely referenced by people campaigning against wind turbines.  She continues […]

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

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 that wind farms are causing health problems by anti-wind lobbying groups. Dr. Hazel Lynn’s (Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce, a region of Ontario) recently […]

Why aren’t vertical-axis wind turbines more popular?

Some groups and individuals tout alternative technologies for wind generation, especially vertical- as opposed to the horizontal-axis wind turbines normally used.  They make a variety of claims about power generation, noise, bird friendliness and others that in their minds make it a superior technology. So why aren’t vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWT) in their various forms […]

Humans evolved with infrasound; is there any truth to health concerns about it?

Wind farms are fielding complaints about health impacts, almost entirely in the English-speaking world. There are literally over 200 unique symptoms in humans and animals that have been blamed on wind generation technology over the past decade or so, according to a list maintained by Professor Simon Chapman of the School of Public Health in […]

Wind farms don’t make people sick, so why the complaints?

In Canada, the U.S., Australia and Great Britain, people have reported similar symptoms including headaches, ringing ears, trouble sleeping, loss of focus, etc. after wind-turbines were built close to their homes. Some have blamed audible sound, inaudible sound, ‘dirty electricity’ and psychosomatic distress. What scientific evidence best explains these phenomena? Short Answer: The best scientific […]

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