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Study finds no evidence wind turbines make you sick – again

By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney

An NHMRC review finds no evidence for wind turbine syndrome.

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There is no reliable or consistent evidence that proximity to wind farms or wind farm noise directly causes health effects. That’s the finding of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) much-anticipated draft systematic review of the evidence on wind farms and human health, released yesterday.

This report takes the number of reviews published on the issue since 2003 to 20. And all have reached the same broad conclusions.

The NHMRC investigators also found consistent but poor-quality evidence that proximity to wind farms was associated with annoyance and, less consistently, with sleep disturbance and poorer quality of life.

But finding an association between wind farms and these health-related effects does not mean that wind farms cause these problems. These associations could be due to selection or information bias or to confounding factors.

Some poor-quality studies, for example, include only people with complaints, failing to consider the many who are not upset by turbines. And anti-wind farm activists' efforts to spread fear among communities may cause people who anticipate they will be adversely...

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