Re: Wind industry needs an offensive stance, Jan. 5
When columnists dabble in science the result is usually misinformation. The recent column by Tyler Hamilton is no exception.
He states, “If wind turbines were bad for us wouldn’t red flags have emerged in Germany and Denmark?” In fact, they have, Mr. Hamilton.
Two, recent studies, Sweden in 2007 and Netherlands in 2009, examined the annoyance factor in a thorough, scientific manner. In both studies, more than 700 individuals were surveyed by standard questionnaire and sound pressure measurements were taken outside their dwellings.
The authors found that the frequency of annoyance and sleep deprivation increased with the proximity to wind turbines and sound levels. All of the other symptoms can flow from the single effect of sleep deprivation.
We should remember that, far from being trivial, sleep deprivation was a standard “enhanced interrogation” technique at Guantanamo Bay prison.
R.B. Philp, Professor Emeritus (environmental toxicology), Western University, London, ON Read more