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Wind farm noise does harm sleep and health, say scientists

Wind farm noise causes "clear and significant" damage to people's sleep and mental health, according to the first full peer-reviewed scientific study of the problem.

American and British researchers compared two groups of residents in the US state of Maine. One group lived within a mile of a wind farm and the second group did not.

Both sets of people were demographically and socially similar, but the researchers found major differences in the quality of sleep the two groups enjoyed.

The findings provide the clearest evidence yet to support long-standing complaints from people living near turbines that the sound from their rotating blades disrupts sleep patterns and causes stress-related conditions.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 04:56:03 PM EST
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is there no way to attenuate the problem wrt wind turbine design?
by stevesim on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 05:10:59 PM EST
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First you have to have a problem, perhaps then you can "attenuate" it.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 05:17:50 PM EST
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Well having lived within 150 metres of one, I can say it's  something I  noticed more than once or twice during a year

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 05:20:38 PM EST
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  1. regulations for modern mills are 500m or often much greater. That you were closer likely means you had some awareness that some technology was in some motion. Were you also aware of the coal dust in your nose from +20km distance?

  2.  Did you notice the light blue subsonic vortices?

  3. If you still live in such a dangerous zone AND if you haven't seen any one-horned goats, you should leave immediately.


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 06:18:14 PM EST
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The "US state of Maine" is one of the world's most available locations for scientific literature on windpower's effect, having nearly 0.00069% of the global windmill capacity.

To be balanced, some scientists have noticed a distinct loss of sleep among one-horned badgers.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 05:14:35 PM EST
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Gilligan cites another anti-wind lobbying org with a fake name, the Renewable Energy Foundation. See also Wikipedia.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 06:05:49 PM EST
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Other critics such as Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, a trade body that represents more than 600 wind and marine energy firms, says the Renewable Energy Foundation's true purpose is diametrically opposed to the interests of the wind energy industry. "It is an anti-wind lobbying organisation," she told BusinessGreen. "I'd like to know where the renewable energy part of their remit is. They don't foster or promote or develop, they just try to undermine the case for wind energy all the time."[6]


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 06:22:12 PM EST
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Wind turbine syndrome: who's doing the research?

Are people getting sick because they live near wind turbines? Opponents to windfarms have been collecting testimonies alleging that communities near wind developments have been suffering a clutch of symptoms they're calling 'wind turbine syndrome'. But although studies that appear to support these allegations have started appearing in journals, the medical community remains skeptical that the evidence base proves the claims. We've taken a closer look.




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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 03:52:43 PM EST
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Infrasound seems to be a popular explanation.

Heavy leg syndrome?

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by Number 6 on Tue Nov 6th, 2012 at 11:00:41 AM EST
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