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Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick?

by Stanford Magnets

Wind farms have become one of the major energy generation methods in the present world. They can be found in many countries in the world in large scale. However, the development of wind farms has given life to many issues as well. Health for example holds a prominent place out of them. From the recent researches, it has been identified that wind farms have created many health issues for the people who live around them. From this article, we will point out some of the common reasons that make people sick.

The infrasound made from wind turbines is one of the main reasons that cause health problems for the people who live around. However, many experts say that this sub-audible noise has a frequency less than 16 hertz and sound that belongs to this frequency range is usually present in areas that do not have wind farms. Such sub-audible noises occur as a result of traffic, ocean waves and even wind, so people do not have to worry much about it. This has even been proven from a research conducted by South Australia's Environment Protection Authority. They have taken the people who live around Waterloo wind farm for this research and it has not provided any negative results. The interesting part highlighted from this report is that some of the symptoms that people claim that they experienced have taken place when the turbines are not in operation.

The Australian government is in the process of collecting information that is related with health problems associated with wind farms. They have asked people to report such health conditions, if they believe they happened as a result of wind farms. The Australian government is planning to investigate each and every report that is submitted by people and take necessary actions accordingly.

It is worth pointing out another recent research conducted by a group of Australian scientists about the noise emitted from wind farms. In their research, they have taken 60 people and have divided them into two groups as positive and negative. Then all the participants were exposed to the infrasound that comes from wind turbines for a period of seven minutes. The results of the research showed that people with negative thoughts about wind farms experienced physical symptoms such as tiredness, ear pressure and even headache. However, such instances have not been recorded in the positive group. From these results, we cannot conclude that wind farms do not make human beings ill. The experiments are still being carried out and much more information is yet to be found.

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