Wednesday, 21 September 2011

U of Waterloo announces wind turbine health study

Here's an important announcement about an independent wind turbine health study.  You can find the announcement here

The Noise about wind turbines

People who live near wind farms often report that noise and vibrations caused by wind turbines are creating sleep disruptions and other health-related problems. Yet, there is
an absence of convincing evidence in scientific literature to support the assertion that wind turbine noise does indeed cause significant adverse health effects. Philip Bigelow, an
environmental epidemiologist, and Stephen McColl, a risk assessment researcher specializing in environmental health, are joining forces with renewable energy specialists in
Waterloo’s Energy Research Centre and other experts across campus to investigate potential impacts of renewable energy technologies on the health of rural populations.

“We’ve assembled a multidisciplinary team in order to carry out one of the first in-depth
clinical and epidemiological assessments on the human health eàects of both audible and low frequency sound from wind turbines,” explains Bigelow. “By including nursing professionals and other specialized health expertise on the team, we’re hoping to use clinical and biological markers of stress to examine the association of exposure to wind turbine noise with sleep disturbances, fatigue, headache, depression, and other psychophysiological problems.”

Bigelow and McColl acknowledge that wind turbines are the fastest growing renewable energy technology in Canada and believe their research will be vital to better understanding the impact of wind power on the health of individuals and communities. Their goal is to
contribute to the development of less intrusive energy technologies, and help to inform
planning and practices that address potential health issues.

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