Why we say NO!
- Environmental Damage
- poor wind speeds
- no reduction in CO2 emissions
- Invasive noise - night & day
- Health impact
- Shadow flicker / strobe effect
- Industrialisation of our beautiful countryside
- Death of wildlife
- Negative impact on leisure & recreation
The impact of wind farms on health and wellbeing is not necessarily one of cause and effect, but a number of issues have been identified where there is the potential for negative impact and where, at worst the consequences for individual health and well-being may be catastrophic. It is vital that major changes to our local landscape do not go ahead without a full appreciation of the impact on people’s quality of life and well-being.
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Do wind farms have an adverse effect on people’s health?
‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ refers to a variety of symptoms reported by people living and working in the vicinity of wind turbines and includes:
Not everyone who lives near turbines experiences these problems, but many people do report them, and the symptoms are similar across many different countries. Some people are more susceptible than others to the effects of wind turbines; sensitivity to low frequency vibration increases susceptibility, as does a history of migraines. The effects of low frequency noise are associated with what has been termed ‘visceral vibratory vestibular disturbance’ (VVVD) which can be seen in symptoms of trembling, fear, nervousness, chest tightness and tachycardia (increased heart rate).
Some commentators have dismissed the idea of ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ as a myth, but the research behind this conclusion was commissioned by an industry group (the American Wind Energy Association and the Canadian Wind Energy Association) and further independent research is required which also looks at the psychological and physiological impact of noise exposure. The research acknowledged that the ‘swishing’ sound of wind turbines can cause annoyance, distress and sleep disturbance.
A number of other studies have found symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome reported in rolling terrain up to 1.2 miles from the nearest turbine; in valleys with turbines on ridge tops symptoms are reported up to 1.5 miles away. Evidence to the New York State Legislature Energy Committee in 2006 from US scientist and physician Dr Nina Pierpoint concluded that in view of the risk factors identified “a moratorium on all wind turbine construction within 1.5 miles of homes would be appropriate.”
Wind turbine health related research/reports/press: