Wind turbines link to health risks disproved by new MIT study

A further scientific analysis has challenged an assertions of the anti-wind organization – that indistinct sound waves (or infrasound) produced when operating wind turbines is directly linked to disease. Their list of possible health risks ranging from anxiety to nausea to migraine, heart disease, sleep deprivation and tinnitus.

The research is spearheaded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was published in the November edition of the peer reviewed Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The study has revealed the fact that living in close vicinity to wind turbines does not cause any detriment to an individual’s well-being.

MIT study states that no evidence is seen concerning noise from wind turbines and any reported disease or other health risk to an individual’s well-being.

Wind turbines pose no credible risk to health

The study’s authors, carefully thought through a number of case studies in Europe and the US regarding the wind turbine health effect to evaluate the power of infrasound and condition of life for the populaces residing nearby the wind farms.

In addition, they took into careful consideration the wind turbine health effects such as stress, annoyance and sleep disturbance, amongst several others that have been elevated in association with residing close to wind turbines.

Infrasound’s biggest risk is that residents find it annoying

The verdicts revealed that infrasound and low-frequency sound did not cause health risks, but rather, annoyance is what most people felt due to the sound emanating from turbines. The study also discovered that grumbles from residents living in close proximity were commonplace.

A case study in Northern Poland, acknowledged as the largest study of wind turbine noise, indicated that those residing near the wind farms conveyed the best quality of life and those living further than 1,500 meters had the worst.

Head of Policy Analysis at the European Wind Energy Association, Iván Pineda asserts that these results should put to rest any concerns that some residents may have in regards to living in the vicinity of wind turbines. These wind turbines are there to fully utilise the energy that comes from the wind, and purported wind turbine health effects do not really exist based on the findings of the MIT study.

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