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Wind Turbine Syndrome Articles (Caused by Infrasound Waves)

 

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http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2010/wind-turbines-are-haza...

 

 

 


“Wind Turbines Are Hazardous to Human Health”

Alec N. Salt, PhD, Cochlear Fluids Research Laboratory, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

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Overview of The Problem

Wind turbines such as those currently being constructed in rural areas generate high levels of infrasound noise. This is very low frequency noise (sound waves of less than 20 cycles per second) that you cannot hear. Even though you cannot hear the sound, it is easily detected by the ear at the levels that are produced and can have effects on the body that profoundly disturb some individuals.

The situation is somewhat similar to ultraviolet (UV) light and the eye. We cannot see ultraviolet light but we all understand that it can affect us profoundly, causing sunburn, photokeratitis (also known as snow blindness or welder’s flash) and cataracts. For UV light, there are simple ways that the damaging effects can be avoided using sunscreens and eye protection.

For infrasound exposure in your home, there is currently no way to protect yourself.  Although double glazing and door seals will reduce the levels of the sounds you can hear, they have little influence on the infrasound level in the home. Infrasound is a slowly-changing pressure wave, that can only be blocked by completely sealing the house, making it airtight. In practice this cannot be performed due to building codes and the risk of suffocation.

The effects of wind turbine infrasound build up slowly on people. For most, there are no effects while in the vicinity of wind turbines for short periods (such as the workday) and when higher levels of other sounds (i.e. sound you can hear) are present.

The problem arises when people try and sleep in their homes in the presence of wind turbine noise. [Editor's note:  Dr. Nina Pierpont's research demonstrates that Wind Turbine Syndrome, for many people, is not limited to their night-time sleep.] The audible sounds are reduced by the house structure, so the room may be fairly quiet, but the sound becomes dominated by the infrasound that the person cannot hear.  The infrasound is detected by the ear and has subtle influences on the body that we are only just beginning to understand. It can cause dysequilibrium (like sea-sickness, but not induced by movement), tinnitus, a sensation of fullness in the ear and worst of all, disturb sleep, probably by stimulation of subconscious neural pathways to the brain. [Editor's note:  Dr. Pierpont's research demonstrates a considerably larger constellation of symptoms.]

People undergo repeated arousals from sleep (brief partial awakenings that are not remembered) and repeated awakenings when sleeping in such an environment that leave the individual stressed and unrefreshed.

Sleep disturbance over a prolonged period is known to be extremely hazardous to health, causing mental changes, high blood pressure, diabetes and increased mortality.  [Editor's note:  Dr. Pierpont's research suggests there is more  going on here than simply "sleep arousal"; it is a panic response, which she suggests is connected to a vestibular organ response to low-frequency noise/infrasound.]

In many cases, these health effects have been significant enough to force people to abandon their homes. In a few cases the homes have been “bought out” by the wind turbine companies (and the owners typically “silenced” by non-disclosure agreements, otherwise known as “gag” orders), but in others the home is abandoned and is difficult to sell to another family. Properties located in the vicinity of wind turbines are becoming increasingly difficult to sell.

Recent epidemiological studies suggest that significant disturbances of sleep and mental health occur for people living in homes up to 5 kilometers away from the wind turbines. This is because infrasound is capable of traveling greater distances than the sound you normally hear (which is why elephants and whales use it to communicate).

The wind turbine companies and most politicians are turning a deaf ear to this problem, and continue to promulgate false and debunked arguments that no problem exists. In this collection of pages, below, we consider in detail some of these issues in which we have scientific expertise.

Specific Issues Considered

Industrial Wind Turbines Generate Infrasound

The Ear Detects Infrasound at Levels That Are Not Heard

Infrasounds You Cannot Hear Can Affect You

Why Wind Turbine Sound Measurements Using the dB(A) Scale (A-weight...

Why It Is Difficult to Demonstrate the Infrasound Generated by Wind...

550 Meter (or Lower) Setbacks Are Insane!

Links to Presentations, Publications and Other Articles

Radio Interview about Wind Turbines and Infrasound with Dale Goldha...

Presentation at the First International Symposium, THE GLOBAL WIND ...

Publication: Responses of the Ear to Low Frequency Sounds, Infrasou...

NIDCD Website: Scientist Challenges the Conventional Wisdom That “W...

Radio Health Journal: Wind Farms: Is there a Health hazard? Intervi...

Conclusion

According to the American Wind Energy Association (12/8/2010),

“The wind industry takes health concerns seriously. Any concern that wind turbines may impact someone negatively should be explored.”

These statements appear difficult to reconcile with the absence of any consideration of the effects of infrasound from wind turbines on humans, and with the exclusion of infrasound components from wind turbine noise by the use of A-weighted sound measurements.


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Comment by LIM SC on August 15, 2011 at 1:12am

Families who live near wind power generator sites generally experience sleep disorders, nightmare, generically scarry stuff.  Check out this site :

http://techcrunch.com/2008/08/14/study-wind-power-nightmares-inner-...

 

On the surface it seems pretty straightforward: most of the families who lived near wind farms had a similar (if vague) constellation of symptoms including sleep trouble, nightmares, migraines, and other generically scary stuff. Dr. Nina Pierpont suggests this is an effect of long-term exposure of the inner ear to low-frequency vibrations produced by wind turbines. Here’s where I take issue with the idea, but I don’t want to take up the whole front page with my reservations. Click below for why I think this is nothing but a healthy dose of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

 

Let’s do a little experiment. Yes, right now! Turn off the music and listen. Do you hear anything? Listen harder. Can you hear those power lines buzzing? Can you hear the fridge hum? Can you hear the freeway rumble? We are saturated with noise and hardly notice it. Even in remote parts of the country you are exposed to it, and if constant noise at any frequency were as harmful as Pierpont suggests, those of us in urban areas would all be long dead.

Even if there is a secret frequency that causes all these vague and overreported symptoms to increase, what’s the mechanism? How could a (dis)harmonic frequency be the same for men, women, children of all sizes with different inner ears, different susceptibilities? The symptoms reported are like a laundry list of the most commonly reported problems all over the world since long before wind turbines started spinning.

And even if we grant this secret frequency and that the symptoms reported are related, just how little respect is being given to our bodies and brains? Your brain and inner ear are fabulously elegant and self-repairing; we naturally adapt to a constant stimulus over a period of time, it’s built into neural hardware going all the way back to sea snails. A low-frequency hum somehow cuts through defenses that have held up in the brains of sailors in nuclear submarines for months? Go watch Das Boot and tell me that you’d prefer a month of wind turbines.

I’ll acknowledge that the hum from a wind turbine might be noticeable, and might even bug some people until they got used to it, but I have to object to the idea that they could cause the medical problems suggested, by any mechanism whatsoever. Let me offer my own professional diagnosis of the people suffering from windmills being put in nearby: acute NIMBYitis.

Comment by LIM SC on August 20, 2011 at 3:05pm

风车低周波症

 

風力發電發出低周波有害人體?

Tags: 科技

友善列印2010-04-26

記者/許婷婷 台北報導

去年一整年,全世界的風力發電量是1億2100萬千瓦,相當於120座核子發電廠。單一年度,美國是836萬千瓦,中國630萬千瓦,日本在全世界排名第13位。日本在1990年後開始導入風力發電,並蓬勃發展,目前日本全國超過1500座,發電量成長到186萬千瓦。10年間成長12倍。

對環境有益,被視為再生能源的優等生「風力發電」,近幾年,投訴風力發電發出的低周波對人身體有害的人卻持續增加中,低周波真的會對健康產生不良影響?日本環境署決定將此問題列入風力發電環境影響評估法中,並探討風力發電產生的問題。

被認為會對健康造成危害的原因是旋轉風車所產生的低周波。低周波頻率低於 100赫茲,1秒間1-20次的空氣震動,人的耳朵是聽不見的。是否有害健康目前尚不清楚,但在日本全國越來越多的居民抱怨低周波損害健康,甚至還成立受害協會要求環境署規範。

然而,低周波影響健康,並不是最近因為風力發電的增加而產生的問題。汽車往來比較多的道路周邊、橋樑,工廠的壓縮機等也會發生,也有許多的投訴。

日本環境署在2000年,收集整理了測試低周波的說明書,在2004年發表了低周波指南。舉出低周波的來源,如常用於地鐵和隧道通風的換氣風扇、集塵機、柴油發動機等。

日本環境署決定開始著手調查因風力發電引發的健康損害。調查將會公開募集,從今年起最長將延伸四年,根據這項調查結果,將會委請專家設立委員會來檢討對策。

日本鳩山首相提出至2020年將比1990年減少25%的溫室氣體排放量,為了達成這個目標,再生能源的導入將占多大的份量呢?但低周波所引發的問題在嚴謹的調查後,需要一個整體的對策。

 

風力發電機真的會對我們健康有害?

作者:奔跑的漢堡  發表於:2010-04-28 16:11:29  點擊:459

 複材線上原創文章,轉載請注明出處

 

居民表示不要風力發電機建在自己家園的旁邊

風能專家指出 風力發電機對我們身體無危害

    美國和加拿大的風能協會專家小組提供的報告顯示,風力渦輪機的聲音對人身體是沒有危害的。

    美國、加拿大、丹麥和英國的醫生,聽力專家和聲學專家承諾對風力渦輪機工作時發出的聲音進行“廣泛的審查,分析和討論”最後得出結果。“風力渦輪機不是發出聲音的唯一管道,根據聲波水準和頻率聲音,我們沒有理由相信這種聲音會對人身體造成危害。”

    美國風能協會和加拿大風能協會的專家作出解釋說,如果風力發電機發出的聲音會對人身體造成危害,那麼我們也同樣不應該生活在目前的城市環境中,因為城市的噪音要比風力發電機發出的聲音大太多了。

    “風力發電機的子聲波,低頻聲波和次聲波目前不會對人類健康構成威脅,”儘管報告的作者承認,“目前確實有些人覺得風力發電機發出的聲音讓他們很煩躁。但是煩躁只是一種情緒,風機聲音本身不會對人身造成危害。”

    一個專家小組審查的時候,注意到風力發電機聲音對人身健康的影響:他們發現近三十年來,歐洲地區的很多人都居住在5萬座風力發電機的附近,北美地區則有3萬人,事實證明,他們中的大多數人並沒有因為這點而使他們的健康受到威脅。

    專家小組表示,“風力發電機通過地面傳播的震動非常微弱,幾乎都無法監測到,更不用說對人構成危害了。”小組達成協定有以下三個重點:

 

    風力發電機發出的聲音和振動沒有什麼特殊的;

    相關機構應該儘快加強人們對聲音和健康知識的積累;

    相關機構並沒有拿出證據證明由風力發電機發出的持續聲波會對人體造成不良生理反應。

    不同的人對於聲音的反應也不同,尤其是調節聲音的強弱和頻率之後。因此,研究具有一定的複雜性。大多   數對於風力發電機聲音的抱怨都和風電葉片轉動有關。(會發出類似於“嗖嗖”聲)。

    報告指出,每個人身體和心理機能的不同,會引起一些不良反應。例如:“風力發電機組綜合症”和振動聽覺病(此病的聽覺外系統損傷包括神經功能紊亂、呼吸系統疾病和心血管系統損害)。以上兩種情況被指出,是風力發電機“噪音”對人類健康造成的不利影響最直接表現。

    但是報告中指示,“單純的從風力發電機發出的聲音來說,不會對人的聽力和身體健康造成傷害。”

    “低頻聲和風力發電機發出的聲音都不會對人類健康造成傷害”“人們關注風力發電機聲音最主要的方面是它的波動性,有些人很討厭這種聲音。這種反應主要取決於每個人的性格原因,而不是聲音的強弱度。”

經受暴風雨洗禮的海上風力發電機

    美國風能協會(AWEA)出於美國經濟、環境、能源安全的角度,旨在通過宣傳、教育支持發展風能應用。擁有超過1500名成員的美國風能協會是風能產業的核心,將風能作為一種清潔能源想全世界的消費者推廣。風能作為世界發展腿快的能源,美國風能協會是個國家支撐的協會,同時扮演者風能工業的推廣者、風能設備的提供者、風能服務者、元件生產者、技術研發者等其他風能產業涉及的角色,另外,美國風能協會還代表著世界各地數以百計的風能組織的立場。

    加拿大風能協會(CanWEA)是一個非營利性貿易組織,它提倡適當的開發和應用加拿大境內各方面的風能,並制定相應的環境政策。加拿大風能協會創建于1984年代表風能委員會,這個委員會是由直接從事風能技術、產品、服務等方面的開發和應用的組織和個人組成。

    與本文相關的報導:  

     據英國《每日郵報》今年8月3日報導,一項新研究發現,風力發電站可能導致附近居民出現心臟病、恐慌症和偏頭痛等健康問題。

    這項為期5年的研究由美國兒科學會研究員、紐約兒科醫生妮娜•皮爾波因特博士主持完成,研究涉及美、英、義大利、愛爾蘭和加拿大5國居住在風力發電站附近的38名居民。皮爾波因特博士認為,風輪機發出的低頻聲音會干擾耳朵的前庭平衡系統。這些噪音頻率極低,人耳無法聽見,卻會導致“內臟振動性前庭干擾”(VVVD)。症狀包括顫抖、神經過敏、恐懼、逃離衝動、胸悶及心動過速等。風輪機還會引發兒童惡夢,並阻止兒童大腦正常發育,導致認知發育障礙。

    長期以來,聲學家認為,如果人們無法聽到某種聲音,那麼人體其他部位也無法覺察出這種頻率過低的聲音。然而皮爾波因特博士認為,人們其實可以通過骨骼“聽”聲音;並非每個居住在風力發電站附近的人都會受到傷害,但未來風力發電站應建在距離居民區兩公里以外的地方。

    一些科學家認為,皮爾波因特博士研究的樣本太小(38人)不足以得出如此結論。英國風能協會稱,2007年一項關於風力發電站與噪音的獨立研究表明,英國2千多座風輪機中,只發現4份投訴。英國能源和氣候變化事務大臣米利班德表示,還將計畫安裝約4千個風輪機。

    但英國睡眠協會創始人漢甯博士認為,這項研究應該成為風力發電站規劃人員的“必讀之物”。

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