Thursday, 8 July 2010

Wind turbines and health.

Wind power has been gaining prominence as a viable sustainable alternative to other forms of energy production. In GWAHS, the existing Blayney wind farm, the proposed Black Springs wind farm, and the proposal to build Australia's largest wind farm at Silverton give the subject extra relevance. Many other rural areas now have major wind farm installations. Studies have found that there is increasing population demand for "green" energy. In Australia, this has been encouraged by the introduction of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act in 2000 and the Renewable Energy Target Scheme in 2009.

As with any new technology, wind turbines are not without controversy. Those who oppose the development of wind farms contend that wind turbines can adversely impact the health of individuals living in close proximity.

The NHMRC has released two documents examining the facts about wind farms and health.

Public Statement
The Public Statement presents the current evidence relating potential health impacts of wind turbines on people living in close proximity. The Statement concludes that there is currently no published scientific evidence to positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects.

Evidence Review
The Evidence Review presents findings from a rapid review of the evidence from current literature on the issue of wind turbines and potential impacts on human health. The Review focuses on concerns regarding the adverse health impacts of infrasound, noise, electromagnetic interference, shadow flicker and blade glint produced by wind turbines.

Photo : "Electric cow" by Ian Sand on Flickr.com.

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