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January 14, 2013

 

The August 2011 edition of The Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society focuses on the impacts of wind turbines on communities. This special edition entitled Wind Farms Communities and Ecosystems contains nine peer reviewed articles.

 

Click here to access some of these peer reviewed articles.

 

November 6, 2012

 

A physician designed and supervised peer reviewed, controlled study of recognized adverse health effects related to Industrial Wind Turbines has been published in the journal Noise and Health.

 

This epidemiology study tests the hypothesized causal link between IWTs and serious health effects.

 

www.noiseandhealth.org  

 

http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2012;volume=14;issue=60;spage=237;epage=243;aulast=Nissenbaum

 

Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health,

Michael A. Nissenbaum, Jeffery J. Aramini, and Christopher D. Hanning

  

August 27, 2012

 

Wind Turbine and Health Effects Papers at Inter Noise 2012

 

Carmen Krogh presented three papers on wind turbine noise at the Inter Noise 2012  conference in New York City. 

Download the three papers:

Wind turbines can harm humans: a case study 

Annoyance can represent a serious degradation of health: wind turbine noise a case study 

Wind turbine noise perception,pathways and effects: a case study

 
 

  April 4, 2012

 

The Society for Wind Vigilance issues a Global Guideline for the Minimum Siting Distance of Industrial Wind Turbines  

 

Based on a review of the evidence, the Society for Wind Vigilance is satisfied that there is a significant probability of adverse health effects for human subjects living within 2.0 km of land based industrial wind turbines. The Society for Wind Vigilance recognizes the urgent need for further human health research to finalize guidelines for siting and noise levels that will protect human health. In the interim the Society for Wind Vigilance recommends that land based industrial wind turbines be sited a minimum of 2 km from the property line of non participating residents. Distances greater than 2 km will typically be required for special terrain such as turbines on ridges and offshore turbines. 

 

Download the full Society forWind Vigilance Global Guideline for the Minimum Siting Distance of IndustrialWind Turbines

 
 

  March 10, 2012

 

On March 8, 2012 the British Medical Journal published a peer reviewed editorial by Dr. Christopher Hanning and Alun Evans entitled “Wind turbine noise: Seems to affect health adversely and an independent review of evidence is needed

 

To access the article visit: http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.e1527

  March 7, 2012

 The second of two special issues entitled Wind     Farms Communities and Ecosystems is now     published in The Bulletin of Science,     Technology and Society. This second special     issue contains seven peer reviewed articles.     Topics explored in these articles include:

 

Robert W. Rand, Stephen E. Ambrose, and Carmen M. E. Krogh

Occupational Health and Industrial Wind Turbines: A Case Study

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society October 2011 31: 359-362, doi:10.1177/0270467611417849

 

Wayne E. Gulden

A Review of the Current Evidence Regarding Industrial Wind Turbines and Property Values From a Homeowner’s Perspective

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society October 2011 31: 363-368, doi:10.1177/0270467611421847

 

Parker Gallant and Glenn Fox

Omitted Costs, Inflated Benefits: Renewable Energy Policy in Ontario

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society October 2011 31: 369-376, doi:10.1177/0270467611421848 

 

Terry Sprague, M. Elizabeth Harrington, and Carmen M. E. Krogh

Birds and Bird Habitat: What Are the Risks From Industrial Wind Turbine Exposure?

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society October 2011 31: 377-388, doi:10.1177/0270467611417844 

 

Daniel Shepherd and Rex Billington

Mitigating the Acoustic Impacts of Modern Technologies: Acoustic, Health, and Psychosocial Factors Informing Wind Farm Placement

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society October 2011 31: 389-398, doi:10.1177/0270467611417841 

 

Brett Horner, Roy D. Jeffery, and Carmen M. E. Krogh

Literature Reviews on Wind Turbines and Health: Are They Enough?

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society October 2011 31: 399-413, doi:10.1177/0270467611421849 

 

Magda Havas and David Colling

Wind Turbines Make Waves: Why Some Residents Near Wind Turbines Become Ill

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society October 2011 31: 414-426, doi:10.1177/0270467611417852 

 

Downloads of these articles can be obtained with an individual subscription for $100. This will allow you to download these and other articles from the BSTS scientific journal. Alternatively you can purchase articles individually. Please use these links if you wish to access the Wind Farms Communities and Ecosystems articles

 

Second special issue (seven articles):http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/5.toc

First special issue  (nine articles August 2011): http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4.toc

The Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society website: http://bst.sagepub.com

 

  August 1, 2011
 
 

The August 2011 edition of The Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society focuses on the impacts of wind turbines on communities. This special edition contains nine peer reviewed articles. Topics explored in these articles include:

 

Commentary by Editor:

Willem H. Vanderburg, WH, (2011), Assessing Our Ability to Design and Plan Green Energy Technologies, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 262, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412558, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/251

 

Krogh, CME, (2011), Industrial Wind Turbine Development and Loss of Social Justice? Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 321, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412550, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/321

 

Krogh, CME, Gillis, L, Kouwen, N, and Aramini, J, (2011),

WindVOiCe, a Self-Reporting Survey: Adverse Health Effects, Industrial Wind Turbines, and the Need for Vigilance Monitoring, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 334, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412551, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/334

 

McMurtry, RY, Toward a Case Definition of Adverse Health Effects in the Environs of Industrial Wind Turbines: Facilitating a Clinical Diagnosis, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 316, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611415075, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/316

 

Salt, AN, and Kaltenbach, JA, (2011) Infrasound From Wind Turbines Could Affect Humans, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 296, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412555, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/296

 

Shain, M, (2011), Public Health Ethics, Legitimacy, and the Challenges of Industrial Wind Turbines: The Case of Ontario, Canada, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society, 2011 31: 256, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412552, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/346

 

Bronzaft, AL, (2011) The Noise From Wind Turbines: Potential Adverse Impacts on Children's Well-Being, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 256,

DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412548, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/291

 

Harrison, JP, (2011), Wind Turbine Noise, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 256, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412549, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/256

 

Phillips, CV, (2011), Properly Interpreting the Epidemiologic Evidence About the Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines on Nearby Residents, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 303, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412554, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/303

 

Thorne, B, (2011), The Problems With ''Noise Numbers'' for Wind Farm Noise Assessment,

Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 262, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611412557,

http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/262

 

Downloads of these articles can be obtained with an individual subscription for $100. This will allow you to download these and other articles from the BSTS scientific journal. Alternatively you can purchase articles individually. Please use this link if you wish to access these articles http://bst.sagepub.com 

 
 

 

  Picton, Ontario, November 16, 2010

High levels of low frequency noise (LFN) are produced and can be measured at wind turbine developments according to Richard James INCE, acoustics specialist from Michigan.

 

At the First International Symposium on Adverse Health Effects and Industrial Wind Turbines (October 29-31, 2010) Mr. James demonstrated the presence of LFN recorded from industrial wind turbines that have been located too close to homes in rural Ontario.

 

Although the wind industry does not acknowledge that industrial wind turbines generate LFN that affects humans, the National Research Council in 2007 stated: “Wind turbines generate a broad spectrum of noise including low frequency noise…which may be audible or inaudible”. In addition in 1999 The World Health Organization stated: “It is widely affirmed that exposure to audible low frequency noise can cause adverse health effects in humans”.

 Toronto, August 23, 2010

Dr. Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, states "...we should have longer setbacks...".

Click here to get the details

 

  August 19, 2010 

The Society for Wind Vigilance and The County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy opens registration for the First International Symposium

THE GLOBAL WIND INDUSTRY AND ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS: Loss of Social Justice?

October 29-31, 2010


Click here to get the details and register.

 

  July 19, 2010

 

In July 2010 the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released its 11 page report entitled “Wind Turbines and Health A Rapid Review of the Evidence July 2010” (Rapid Review).

 

In response, a detailed analysis was conducted by The Society for Wind Vigilance of the NHMRC "Rapid Review".

 

The "Rapid Review" is neither authoritative nor credible and does little to advance the understanding of the issue of industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects.

 
 
 
 

  July 17, 2010

 

First International Symposium on Adverse Health Effects and Industrial Wind Turbines 

 

Media Release July 17, 2010

Picton, Ontario - The First International Symposium on the adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines will be held October 29-31, 2010 in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.

 

Hosted by The Society for Wind Vigilance and supported by the County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy, this groundbreaking two day event will feature prominent expert speakers from the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada who will provide important information relating to health issues reported by people living too close to industrial wind developments.



 

  June 3, 2010

 

On May 20, 2010, the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario (CMOH) issued “The Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbines May 2010” (CMOH Review).

 

In response, a detailed analysis was conducted by The Society for Wind Vigilance of the CMOH Review.

 

"The Society for Wind Vigilance expresses both its surprise and disappointment with the quality of the CMOH's report. The victims deserve consideration not denial."

  Thursday, February 18, 2010

Research Chair Choice Misses the Mark
 
The Society for Wind Vigilance expresses its concern over the announcement of its choice of Research Chair in Renewable Technologies and Health. Dr Siva Sivoththaman is an electrical engineer. While we wish him well, in our view Dr. Sivoththaman's professional background lacks the clinical expertise to evaluate "health impacts of renewable energy" associated with industrial wind turbines.
 

The Society for Wind Vigilance believes that the lead and expertise of this Research Chair would more appropriately have been a clinician scientist. We strongly encourage the new Chair to seek the appropriate collaborators as the research program is established.

 

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  Thursday January 28, 2010  

Wind turbine sound ‘needs research’ - UK National Health Services 

On Thursday January 28, 2010 the UK National Health Services (NHS) – the world’s largest publicly funded health service – published a critique of the American and Canadian Wind Energy Associations sponsored panel review entitled “Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects” (A/CanWEA Panel Review). The full text of the NHS critique is below. 

The NHS critique is based on “the best scientific knowledge currently available”.


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  Wednesday January 20, 2010 

Government of Ontario requests 'Expert Advice' on Wind Turbine Noise 
 
Toronto, January 20, 2010- The government of Ontario admitted this week that it does not know 'how or whether' to measure for low frequency sound at wind turbine installations.
 

Two Requests for Proposal www.merx.com were issued yesterday by the Ontario Ministry of Environment to help the ministry in "determining how or whether to regulate low frequency noise emissions from wind turbines".

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  Monday January 11, 2010

Wind Turbines Can Cause Adverse Health Effects: North American Wind Industry
Ontario -The Society for Wind Vigilance (SWV) has released its analysis of the American and Canadian Wind Energy Association sponsored report on adverse health effects from industrial wind turbines. The SWV provides
scientific and unbiased information on the adverse health effects of human exposure to industrial wind turbines through a volunteer-based advocacy group of health and other professionals.
 
The recent report, 'An Expert Panel Review 2009, Prepared for American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association' (A/CanWEA Panel Review) acknowledges that people are experiencing adverse physiological and psychological symptoms from exposure to industrial wind turbines.
 

The A/CanWEA Panel Review also acknowledges that wind turbine noise, including low frequency noise may cause annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance.


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