The Canadian Wind Energy Association welcomes recent research by Health Canada , a summary of which, concludes that there is no evidence of a causal relationship between exposure to wind turbine noise and self-reported medical illnesses and health conditions.
Specifically, the Health Canada study finds:
No evidence to support a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and any of the self-reported illnesses and chronic conditions
No association between multiple measures of stress and exposure to wind turbine noise
No association between wind turbine noise and self-reported or measured sleep quality
No association between wind turbine noise and any significant changes in reported quality of life, or with overall quality of life, and satisfaction with health.
The study did find a correlation, but not a causal relationship, between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and annoyance. The Health Canada summary identified a number of other factors that may contribute to annoyance levels, including economic benefit, visual appearance and noise sensitivity.
“Based on the summary, the Health Canada study is an important new addition to scientific research on wind turbines and human health. We look forward to reviewing the results of the Health Canada study in more detail and will continue to monitor the scientific literature in this area,” says Hornung. “The balance of scientific evidence to date continues to show that properly sited wind turbines are not harmful to human health and that wind energy remains one of the safest and environmentally friendly forms of electricity generation.”
Canadian Wind Energy Association
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Marie Burton says
There is peer-reviewed evidence that wind turbines causes problems. Why is it that you continue to deny the problems with noise and health issues. People in NSW have actually walked off their properties because they can no longer live in their homes. The same tired old stories are peddled out by the wind industry so why is it that they cannot conduct an unbiased study into wind turbines? Because Kelley in the 1980s proved there were problems with wind turbines which has been totally ignored much as the Australian Senate which in 2011 asked for an inquiry into wind turbines and has never been done. So many people all over the world have joined e.g. EPAW and NA-Epaw along with Stop these things, windwatch, and many other groups to fight these mechanical monsters yet where are the groups against other forms of renewable energy? There are very few because they do not create problems like wind turbines.
In Australia they are taking valuable agricultural land which is no longer useful for crops etc. As for jobs once construction is over there are only jobs for a few engineers. Look at all the rusting turbines in California and Hawaii. Dead birds and Bats including protected species are growing steadily in numbers and will continue as more wind complexes are built far outweighing those killed by other means as well as workers and passersby which is also rising in numbers. Electricity prices will continue to rise as the need for backup with coal/gas etc is required when the wind does not blow (they don’t go) or when the wind blows too hard and they cannot handle the gale force winds. Ask people living within a few kilometres of wind turbines and most are living a nightmare. If you require peer-viewed reports, rusting turbines, how much land one turbine requires from the smallest to th largest, dead people, bats and bird numbers, and any other negative impacts from turbines I would only be too happy to supply same.