Winds Of Change? 10 New Papers Document The Evident Harm Wind Turbines Afflict On Humanity

In the scientific literature, wind energy’s effects on human populations has increasingly garnered an ignominious reputation in recent years.  For example, wind energy is claimed to (1) lead to “genocide” and “green grabbing”, (2) harm human health and well-being, and (3) lower home property values.

Image Source: Tonin, 2017

Wind energy “green-grabbing” leading to “genocide”, division, and “violent conflict”

The ‘solution’ is now the ‘problem:’ wind energy, colonisation and the ‘genocide-ecocide nexus’ … The green economy emerges in the shadow of conventional fossil fuel production, presenting itself as a ‘solution’ and pathway to slow the effects of ecological, climate and economic crisis. Said differently, renewable energy in particular, and the green economy in general, emerge as the ‘lesser evil’ of industrial development. Discussing the principle of ‘lesser evil’, Eyal Weizman writes, ‘less brutal measures are also those that may be more easily naturalised, accepted and tolerated – and hence more frequently used, with the result that a greater evil may be reached cumulatively’. The green economy is the lesser industrial evil, utilising a technique of war to morally buffer and continue the proliferation of industrial waste in the name of climate change mitigation, which according to this research results in greater cumulative social and environmental alterations and, even, the systemic and increasing destruction of alternative value systems and ways of life valuing their relationships with their ecosystems. … State-sanctioned land grabbing by corporations in the name of sustainable development is accumulation by dispossession by environmental ethic – green grabbing [Fairhead et al., 2012] – which walks a fine line with genocide. ‘The Rana’, exclaims: ‘We hold responsible all of the political parties of Mexico, the government in its different levels for the attempt to annihilate us, the attempt to grab our land and to wipe us off the map.’”  (Dunlap, 2018b)
“Sustainable development and climate change mitigation policies, Dunlap and Fairhead argue, have instigated and renewed old conflicts over land and natural resources, deploying military techniques of counterinsurgency to achieve land control. Wind energy development, a popular tool of climate change mitigation policies, has consequently generated conflict in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Istmo) region in Oaxaca, Mexico. Research is based on participant observation and 20 recorded interviews investigating the Fuerza y Energía Bíi Hioxo Wind Farm on the outskirts of Juchitán de Zaragoza. This paper details the repressive techniques employed by state, private and informal authorities against popular opposition to the construction of the Bíi Hioxo wind park on communal land. Providing background on Juchitán, social property and counterinsurgency in Southern Mexico, this paper analyzes the development of the Bíi Hioxo wind park. It further explores the emergence of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ counterinsurgency techniques used to pacify resistance against the wind park, enabling its completion next to the Lagoon Superior in October 2014. Discussing the ‘greening of counterinsurgency’, this contribution concludes that the Bíi Hioxo wind park has spawned social divisions and violent conflict, and intervened in the sensitive cultural fabric of Istmeño life.”  (Dunlap, 2018a)

Wind turbine noise annoyance “statistically associated” with a host of health problems

• Sleep disorders twofold higher frequencies near wind turbines
“We investigated whether long-term exposure to low-frequency noise generated by wind power facilities is a risk factor for sleep disorders. We performed an epidemiological study of the living environment and health effects of such noise by surveying 9,000 residents (≥20 years of age) living in areas with operational wind power facilities. … Moreover, the reported prevalence of sleep disorders was significantly higher (by approximately twofold) among residents living at a distance of ≤1,500 m from the nearest wind turbine than among residents living at a distance of ≥2,000 m, suggesting a dose-response relationship. The attitudes of residents towards wind power facilities strongly affected their responses regarding sleep disorder prevalence. It is highly likely that audible noise generated by wind power facilities is a risk factor for sleep disorders. Obtaining a satisfactory consensus from local residents before installing wind power facilities is important as for more amenable their attitudes towards such facilities.”  (Ishitake, 2018)
• Blinking lights, shadow flicker, and visual annoyance…migraines, dizziness, sleep disturbances…
“An aggregate annoyance construct has been developed to account for annoyance that ranges from not at all annoyed to extremely annoyed, toward multiple wind turbine features. … Household complaints about wind turbine noise had the highest average aggregate annoyance (8.02), compared to an average of 1.39 among those who did not complain. … It should also be underscored that in response to concerns raised during the external peer review of this paper, the association between the non-noise annoyance variables and self-reported and measured health outcomes was evaluated. With the exception of vibration annoyance, which could not be evaluated due to the small sample size, blinking lights, shadow flicker, and visual annoyance were found to be statistically associated with several measures of health, including, but not limited to, migraines, dizziness, tinnitus, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, perceived stress, quality of life measures, lodging a WTN-related complaint, and measured diastolic blood pressure.”  (Michaud et al., 2018)
• Residential proximity to wind turbines correlated with annoyance and health-related quality of life
“The findings indicate that residential proximity to wind turbines is correlated with annoyance and health-related quality of life measures. These associations differ in some respects from associations with noise measurements. Results can be used to support discussions between communities and wind-turbine developers regarding potential health effects of wind turbines.”  (Barry et al., 2018)
• Health, well-being, stress associated with wind turbine annoyance
“The aim of this study was to evaluate the perception and annoyance of noise from wind turbines in populated areas of Poland. … It was estimated that at the distance of 1000 m the wind turbine noise might be perceived as highly annoying outdoors by 43% and 2% of people with negative and positive attitude towards wind turbines, respectively. There was no significant association between noise level (or distance) and various health and well-being aspects. However, all variables measuring health and well-being aspects, including stress symptoms, were positively associated with annoyance related to wind turbine noise.”  (Pawlaczyk-Łuszczyńska et al., 2018)
• Stress, anxiety, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, fatigue…
“In 2015, the Australian Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines concluded there was credible evidence from a number of people who reside in proximity to wind turbines who have complained of a range of adverse health impacts. These include tinnitus, raised blood pressure, heart palpitations, tachycardia, stress, anxiety, vertigo, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, headaches, ear pressure, exacerbated migraine disorders, motion sensitivity, inner ear damage and sleep deprivation.  A historical review shows that whilst initially the audible sounds of wind turbines disturbed people in their sleep, more complex prognoses such as Vibroacoustic Disease and Wind Turbine Syndrome were proposed to explain the reported health symptoms. These diseases were hypothesised to be linked to the emission of infrasound from wind turbines, particularly tonal infrasound at the blade pass frequency of the turbine blades and associated harmonics.”
“Salt [2014] disagrees with the proposition that “what you can’t hear can’t affect you”. In his proposal, it is the outer hair cells (OHC) in the cochlear that are stimulated by infrasound as opposed to the inner hair cells (IHC) which are responsible for audible hearing. Figure 12 is a cross section through the cochlear in the inner ear and the location of the Organ of Corti containing the OHC and the IHC. Figure 13 is a more detailed view of the Organ of Corti.  According to Salt, the ear responds to infrasound through the OHC and whilst the sensation is not “heard”, there is nevertheless a stimulation of the cochlea. The question is whether the stimulation by infrasound remains confined to the ear and has no other influence on the person or whether there are on-flowing effects which would explain the symptoms allegedly attributable to wind turbine infrasound.”
“Pierpont coined the term “Wind Turbine Syndrome” to explain the symptoms of persons exposed to infrasound from wind turbines including “a feeling of internal pulsation, quivering or jitteriness, and it is accompanied by nervousness, anxiety, fear, a compulsion to flee or check the environment for safety, nausea, chest tightness, and tachycardia”. According to Van den Berg [56], these symptoms are well known when persons are put under stress and thus might not be specific to the impact of wind turbines. People with a generalised anxiety disorder also have symptoms which include trembling, restlessness or a feeling of being “edgy”, excessive worry and tension, an unrealistic view of problems, nausea and muscle tension and these conditions might become worse during periods of stress.”  (Tonin, 2017)
• Infrasound, vibrations disturb the comfort of nearby residents
Infrasound, low frequency noise and soil vibrations produced by large wind turbines might disturb the comfort of nearby structures and residents. In addition repowering close to urban areas produces some fears to the nearby residents that the level of disturbance may increase. Due to wind loading, the foundation of a wind turbine interacts with the soil and creates micro-seismic surface waves that propagate for long distances and they are able to influence adversely sensitive measurements conducted by laboratories located far from the excitation point.”  (Gortsas et al., 2017)
• Significant negative external effects on residential well-being
We show that the construction of wind turbines close to households exerts significant negative external effects on residential well-being … In fact, beyond unpleasant noise emissions (Bakker et al., 2012; McCunney et al., 2014) and impacts on wildlife (Pearce-Higgins et al., 2012; Schuster et al., 2015), most importantly, wind turbines have been found to have negative impacts on landscape aesthetics (Devine-Wright, 2005; Jobert et al., 2007; Wolsink, 2007). … We show that the construction of a wind turbine within a radius of 4,000 metres has a significant negative and sizeable effect on life satisfaction. For larger radii, no negative externalities can be detected. “  (Krekel and Zerrahn, 2017)

Wind turbine presence reduces property values for distances of up to 3 km

We present the results of a large-scale analysis on how on-shore and off-shore wind turbines affect the property prices of nearby single family residential and vacation homes in Denmark. We find that on-shore wind turbines negatively affect the price of surrounding properties to a distance of three kilometers. The negative impact increases with the number of wind turbines at a declining marginal rate but declines with distance. In the case of off-shore wind turbine farms, we do not find a significant effect of having an off-shore wind farm in view from a property itself or from the nearest beach, likely because the closest off-shore turbine is 9 km from the closest traded home. … The results suggest that ceteris paribus, wind turbine farms should be built quite far away from residential areas with turbines gathered in larger wind farms rather than installed as single turbines.”  (Jensen et al., 2018)

15 responses to “Winds Of Change? 10 New Papers Document The Evident Harm Wind Turbines Afflict On Humanity”

  1. Bitter&twisted

    As I have repeated said it is time to ban and destroy these unreliable, subsidised, expensive, wildlife killing, people sickening, ugly, ecocrucifixes.
    And charge those who promoted and profited from them, at the publics’ expense, with fraud.

    1. Sommer

      “And charge those who promoted and profited from them, at the publics’ expense, with fraud.”
      Yes! This response is long overdue.

      It’s also time to send ‘letters of liability’ to wind companies and government leaders who are responsible for the irreversible damage to rural residents who have been forced to be exposed to the trespassing of acoustic waves in their homes.

    2. Sommer

      Everyone needs to see this presentation on LFN and infrasound from wind turbines which Dr. Mariana-Alves Pereira gave to a group of professionals in Slovenia in May of 2018.

      She has stated publicly that knowing what she knows, she would not live within 20 km from a wind turbine.

  2. Penelope

    Ah, but don’t you see what the solution will be? If humanity can’t satisfy it’s present appetite for energy by non-CO2 means, it must cut that appetite.

    And the solution is already being implemented: You think they just want to get back to energy usage of the 50s? Hah! Gov Brown of CA has already implemented legislatively that CA will be a zero carbon emitter by 2045. In 2046, CA will go negative.

    A whole series of laws, guys. SB32 requires that CA emit 40% less carbon than in 1990. I think it’s by 2025 that all businesses & private homes have to meet stringent carbon standards which will be so expensive that many structures will be lost.

    But have no fear, all those residents of private homes can go and live in those huge stack-n-pack facilities being built in my community and yours. If you get a copy of your town’s General Plan, you’ll find that there’s a war against “SPRAWL”. Can’t have all those people out there, living unmonitored on their own. They want utilities and transit, they gotta come into the forming “human settlements”, which w/b equipped w rail transit only & those nice bike paths.

    You think TPTB will give up the progress they’re already making towards their one-world oligarchy cuz it turns out birdchoppers are objectionable? They’ll simply USE this fact to rev up other parts of the UN’s Agenda 21.

  3. Don from OZ

    What a clever governor (sarc). like lots of legislation it guarantees NOTHING. One wonders if they will have multiple ‘Brown’outs once they arrive at ‘sustainability’.

  4. Charles Pickles

    What man can make, man can unmake sometimes explosively. It has happened; it is happening even now. Look around.

  5. sasquatch

    Who are you trying to fool here? What are you trying to pull? A fast one?

    You mean 10 new papers are rife with lies and propaganda.
    No real proof whatsoever that wind turbines can do such things like cause sleep deprivation.

    Some people need to have their heads examined. Especially those who wrongly and falsely believe that wind turbines can actually cause physical illness. All bunkum and bosh, you just can’t trust what people say, they are usually lying hypocrites.

    There aren’t that many people who live out in the country and they really shouldn’t be there to begin with, what do those people want to do there in a spot that is bucolic and idyllic? Places like that aren’t for the birds, not even the bees, all living things near and far to a wind park need to get a life someplace else, geesh. Fer cryin’ out loud, it is as easy to see as the nose on your face, as plain as day.

    Makes no sense to want to live a peaceful, quiet life on this earth when it never really will be at all.

    So the best thing to do is to build even more wind turbines and extirpate everyone and anyone, anything, desiring peace and quiet, a happy, fulfilled life ist Verboten.

    What are those people thinking? So what if a few farmers here and there get sick from wind turbines, probably all in their heads, you know how people lie all of the time. It can’t be stressed enough, people will lie.

    If there is any wildlife and domesticated animals anywhere in the vicinity of a wind park, well those critters need to move along too. Nothing to see except for wind turbines and nobody in their right mind wants something like that, so everything that moves can just be gone.

    Wind turbines rule the roost now, so see ya later, get lost.

    All creatures great and small never should have been there in the first place.

    1. Bitter&twisted

      Changed your handle, troll?

      1. Kurt in Switzerland


        Attempt to grasp the concept of satire.
        Then get a sense of humor.

      2. Yonason


        (I think it’s generic industrial strength snark, though I could be wrong.)

      3. Penelope

        Bitter & Twisted,

        I’m sure Sasquatch is being sarcastic. Perhaps his humor wasn’t quite broad enough, but he was trying.

        1. Bitter&twisted

          Sorry my bad👍

  6. Sommer

    “State-sanctioned land grabbing by corporations in the name of sustainable development is accumulation by dispossession by environmental ethic – green grabbing [Fairhead et al., 2012] – which walks a fine line with genocide. ‘The Rana’, exclaims: ‘We hold responsible all of the political parties of Mexico, the government in its different levels for the attempt to annihilate us, the attempt to grab our land and to wipe us off the map.’” (Dunlap, 2018b)”
    Considering that rural residents’ homes have been made dangerous to live in because of infrasound from nearby turbines and people have been forced to leave their land in order to save their health, wouldn’t the corporations and governments who allowed this to happen be complicit in a state sanctioned land grab? Are people going to sit back and allow this to continue to happen in rural communities?

  7. Tasfay Martinov

    Let’s not use the scare tactics of the eco-Luddites and turn them against wind turbines. Such narratives are just as unscientific when turned against wind towers. I don’t believe the infrasound story any more than I believe the scare stories about deadly rays from mobile phones or nuclear power plants (objective measurement and analysis shows negligible risk). Using the word “genocide” is ridiculous and unhelpful. I would happily buy a house next to a nuclear power plant or a wind turbine. Especially if popular Luddite superstition pushed down the price.

    I love this site though! Keep up the good work.

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