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German doctors push to halt building of wind turbines

Graham Lloyd — The Australian — May 21, 2015

The “parliament” of Germany’s medical profession has called on its leaders to support a halt to further wind farm developments near housing until more research has been undertaken into the possible health impacts of low-frequency noise from wind turbines.

The issue was debated at the German Medical Assembly in Frankfurt on Friday and transferred to the executive board of the German Medical Association.

Association policy adviser Adrian Alexander Jakel confirmed a motion calling for ­research had been forwarded to the board “for further action”.

Germany is considered a world leader in adopting renewable ener­gy and the minutes of the Medical Assembly meeting said that, with the phase-out of nuclear power, more wind energy would be used in future. But it said the entir­e life cycle of renewable technologies, from the initial raw mater­ial supply to disposal and the planning and risk considerations, should be considered in advance.

The Medical Assembly motion said this required “scientifically sound findings of potential health effects, and a deliberate balance between benefit and validity to be able to make conscious weightings between the benefits and of the disadvantages and risks”.

“In particular regarding emissions in the low frequency and infra­sound range there are no reliab­le independent studies that investigate field measurement methodology suitable for this sound field below the threshold of hearing,” they said.

The assembly called for the federal government to close the gaps in knowledge about the health effec­ts of infrasound and low-frequenc­y sound from wind turbines through scientific research.

It said research should clarify open questions concerning meas­urement methods and, where approp­riate, adjust regulations to “allow the expansion and the operation of wind turbines wisely, carefully, with integrated expertise, sustainability and overall societal responsibility”.

It said the health effects of infra­sound (below 20 Hz) and low-frequency sound (below 100 Hz) in relation to emissions from wind turbines were “still open questions’’, as were “the effects of noise below the hearing threshold or lower frequencies with increasing exposure duration”. The assembly said the erection of more turbines close to settlements should be stopped until there was reliable data to exclude a safety hazard.


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6 Comments on “German doctors push to halt building of wind turbines”

  1. ashbee2 May 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on Global Wind Energy — The Human Impact.

  2. Melissa May 20, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    With one thousand more turbines planned to meet the Renewable Energy Target, the Australian Medical Association, Department of Health and Planning Departments should take heed follow the German example above to debate and not ignore the growing health impact here on rural Australians. Then implement a moratorium on wind turbines until independent combined health and noise (ILFN) studies are undertaken, as recommended by the Senate Inquiry of 2011. A 1km setback in Victoria will not protect people in the short or long term from exposure to Low Frequency Noise, vibrations or sensations.

  3. Sommer May 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    The same thing needs to happen in Ontario. This is basic common sense. Anyone seeing the monstrous turbines and substations being placed so close to people’s homes realizes, at a glance, that there is something profoundly wrong about it.

  4. andreasmarciniak May 22, 2015 at 3:15 am #

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  5. Sommer June 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    This story is being discussed on wattsupwiththat now.


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