Canadian research boosts Cooper’s case on turbines

MannVanderkooyGraham Lloyd, The Australian
[excerpt] Mr Cooper has received further support for his work at Cape Bridgewater from computer scientists in Canada who have been working to record sub-audible noise or infrasound from wind turbines since 2013.

Richard Mann, at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said scientists there had arrived at a similar position to Mr Cooper despite working in a different way.

“Our results show that wind turbines emit a characteristic pulsation (change in barometric pressure) that repeats with every blade passage,” Professor Mann said.“This is consistent with the infra sound ‘signature’ you have reported.”

The Waterloo University research did not consider health effects from wind turbine infrasound. But Professor Mann said: “I join the many scientists and experts worldwide requesting a thorough investigation of wind turbine noise.” Read article

20 thoughts on “Canadian research boosts Cooper’s case on turbines

  1. A Liberal scam!

    ‘[excerpt] The Waterloo University research did not consider health effects from wind turbine infrasound. But Professor Mann said: “I join the many scientists and experts worldwide requesting a thorough investigation of wind turbine noise.”’

    Still – a Liberal scam!

    • Wind turbine health survey in local mailboxes

      Survey says!

      That’s what researchers investigating possible health effects of wind turbines, want to learn in Elgin.

      A University of Waterloo study is sending questionnaires over the next few weeks to residents in Elgin and other areas of Ontario who live near wind turbines. Approximately 5,000 people will be contacted by mail.

      The university in summer, 2010 set up a multi-disciplinary, five-year research program to investigate the technological, health and safety aspects of renewable wind, solar light and heat, and bio energy sources, as well as their integration into the electric grid.

      “These health studies are an important part of our research chair program by helping us understand the relationship between the renewable energy technologies and potential health effects,” Waterloo professor Siva Sivoththman, who heads the program, is quoted in a release.

      The Ontario environment ministry is giving the research program arms-length funding of $300,000 a year.

      To encourage participation in the survey, which asks recipients questions like how their sleep is, there’s a draw for a $150 gift card to the store of the winner’s choice.

      Selected participants will be invited to take part in a second part of the study, involving a more in-depth health assessment.

      As renewable energy faces mounting opposition rising from concerns about health implications, Health Canada also is studying the link between wind turbines and health.

      The federal study is expected to be completed in 2014.

      Tanya Christidis, University of Waterloo survey project coordinator, says results of both will add to the body of knowledge about wind turbines and health.

      “The more knowledge we have, the better off we are,” said Christidis, a PhD candidate in urban planning and wind turbines.

      She hoped the survey findings would be released as soon as they become available — possibly by year’s end.

      Still – a Liberal scam!

  2. So you don’t perceive ethics issues…
    Maybe you’re just – retarded.
    So what; who cares?
    You are a Professor at University of Waterloo!

    ‘[excerpt] That was the message delivered to Professor Phil Bigelow of the University of Waterloo, who is currently leading a study looking at community health both before and after industrial wind turbines are erected. Bigelow plans to distribute surveys in town as well as conduct sleep tests and collect hair samples from people living within a five-kilometre range of the proposed wind turbines.

    Bigelow said what separates his study from others done within the province is he will be using the same test group both before and after. The study will look at how noise exposure from wind turbines affect sleep quality and the overall health and wellbeing of people living near these storey-high towers.

    “It’s a unique opportunity to look at the community before and after,” Bigelow told members of the Planning and Development Committee and about 50 residents, mostly wearing red, anti-turbine shirts. “This is one of the strongest study designs in epidemiology.”’

  3. Stokes 2013. If you ignore the premise that we need renewable Energy, the paper has quite a few interesting facts (such as solar prices over time), and admits quite a few failures.

    Quote: “Clearly, the government’s initial goals to expand investment in renewable energy,
    create jobs and phase out coal have proven more difficult than
    expected. Rather than raising economic and technical questions,
    the policy increasingly raises political questions that are often
    overlooked in renewable energy design.”

  4. Princess Leah – and the kitchen sink
    ……examines things

    I am a PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Environmental Politics in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning Environmental Policy & Planning group at MIT. I am also affiliated with MIT’s Political Science Department. My dissertation examines retrenchment in renewable energy policies across North America, drawing on policy implementation theory and quantitative political science methods.

    I have taught an undergraduate course on negotiations at MIT. I have been a teaching assistant for courses on public policy, research methods and global environmental science and politics.

    I completed an MPA in Environmental Science & Policy at the School of International & Public Affairs and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. I have a BSc in Psychology and Religion from the University of Toronto.

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