Wind turbines reported to cause annoyance, sleep disturbance, and other health-related impacts.

Industrial Wind Turbines and Health: 

Wind Turbines Can Harm Humans if too close to Residents

 A summary of some of the peer reviewed articles and conference papers, abstracts and other citations, regarding impairment of health in general and relating to industrial wind turbines

Compiled by Carmen Krogh, BScPharm 

December 20143  


Ambrose, Stephen E.; Rand, Robert W.; and Krogh, Carmen M. E. Wind Turbine Acoustic Investigation: Infrasound and Low-Frequency Noise A Case Study DOI: 10.1177/0270467612455734 Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 
published online 17 August 2012 

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Wind turbines produce sound that is capable of disturbing local residents and is reported to cause annoyance, sleep disturbance, and other health-related impacts. An acoustical study was conducted to investigate the presence of infrasonic and low-frequency noise emissions from wind turbines located in Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA. During the study, the investigating acousticians experienced adverse health effects consistent with those reported by some Falmouth residents. The authors conclude that wind turbine acoustic energy was found to be greater than or uniquely distinguishable from the ambient background levels and capable of exceeding human detection thresholds. The authors emphasize the need for epidemiological and laboratory research by health professionals and acousticians concerned with public health and well-being to develop effective and precautionary setback distances for industrial wind turbines that protect residents from wind turbine sound. 

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Some of the listed papers -there are a further 41 papers.
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