Report from the International Symposium on Health and Wind Turbines

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TURBINES HEALTH: A panel of experts has gathered in Prince Edward County for the weekend for the first ever international symposium on wind turbines and their potential health effects.

A panel of experts has gathered in Prince Edward County for the weekend for the first ever international symposium on wind turbines and their potential health effects.  Newswatch’s Erin Howe spoke with a few of the experts as registration for the event got underway this afternoon.

With 86 wind turbines dotting the landscape on wolfe island, and plans for others to be installed in Prince Edward County – a group of experts has assembled in picton to talk about the impact they could be having on our health.

McMurty:  “It’s remarkable that in the decades that wind turbines have been in operation, there has never been adequate human health studies. And yet, wind farms are getting larger, and the turbines are getting larger.”

The conference is organized by the society for wind vigilance – whose message is that there should be health studies before turbines.  Dr. Robert mcmurty is the chair of the organization – he says in ontario, just the opposite is happening.

McMurty: “we need to have the research so we can have the dose response relationship, and have evidence based regulations. They don’t exist now.”

Howe: “This is the first international conference dedicated to the discussion of wind turbines and their adverse effects on health – an event that has drawn experts from Canada, the US and the United Kingdom.”

Krough: “It’s an outstanding group of researchers including clinicians, and physicians and other researchers, engineers, physicists, acoustics people.”

Bronzaft: “We’re not talking about hearing loss here. We’re talking about the effects of the sound on the physiological system of the individual. We’re talking cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, we’re talking mental, just having to listen to the whirl.”

Dr. Arline Bronzaft is an expert on noise – and just one of the speakers taking part in the symposium.  She says sound doesn’t have to be loud to have an impact.

Bronzaft: “Before you can definitively state that something has not harmed you, I think you owe it to find out whether indeed it does or does not.”

Erin Howe, CKWS newswatch, Picton.

3 thoughts on “Report from the International Symposium on Health and Wind Turbines

  1. This Symposium is exciting because there is a determined mood here.

    Science which has been done in other fields is applicable to IWT health issues and can be used to argue the case for increased setbacks. The conclusions of a scientist who studied “sick building syndrome” can be used to refute his current hot air on the absence of health effects of turbine sound.

    We are able to listen with compassion to some who live in the supposedly innocuous wind farms and give them support in their plea to be heard by government.

    We learned of misquotes of scientific reports by Arlene King. They MUST be corrected before they become more spurious “facts” in the mouths of the proponents of industrial wind.

    I am anxious to hear Robert Bryce the author of “The Myths of Green Energy” because the insult added to the injury of IWT is that they don’t fight climate change.

    Often science seems narrow-minded because it is narrow-fielded and can appear stupid when it ignores things which are obvious from a broader perspective. The Society for Wind Vigilance
    gathers professionals from many disciplines and so stands to benefit from their collective strength.

    TTYL from Picton

  2. Day 2 was even more intense, emotions here are high and scientists are feeling the pressure from victims of wind atrocities in attendance.

    It is impossible for anyone with even a grain of compassion to remain unmoved by the agonized voices and tear filled eyes of the suffering and disenfranchised.

    We have seen the ear and it is a miracle of engineering. Great AV in some presentations make complex details crystal clear. Learning and health ARE SO affected by noise!


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