Sherri Lange | Master Resource
“We are hopeful that your deliberations will result in tough new European guidelines which in turn will prompt a serious worldwide examination of all aspects of this problem, including the widely-reported effects on animals.”
– Dr. Mauri Johansson, Dr. Sarah Laurie, et al. (below)
The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently modernizing its noise guidelines for industrial wind turbines, last revised in 1999. And new evidence is accumulating that the huge wind turbines, tasked with turning dilute energy into usable electricity, cause a variety of ills.
Mrs. Christine Metcalfe, UK spokesperson, and chief author of the communication/media release (below) to Marie-Eve Héroux of WHO, brings attention to the following negative health effects of industrial wind turbines: sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment, mental health and wellbeing, as well as cardiovascular disease, hearing impairment, tinnitus, and adverse birth outcomes.
Since 2012, it has become increasingly clear that worldwide complaints are universal in nature, and accruing to the status of a pandemic. Mrs. Metcalfe indicates that “Complaints of severe sleep deprivation, severe chronic stress, and disabling vestibular dysfunction symptoms (dizziness, vertigo etc.,) abound, with problems varying from site to site depending upon local topography, height and number of turbines, inter-turbine distances, and the distance between turbines and homes.
The common thread to the reported symptoms (known as “noise annoyance”) is the activation of the startle reflex, which can be triggered by acoustic, vestibular, and tactile stimuli – which if activated together can have a synergistic effect, and that ….To argue that the sleep disturbance, physiological stress and vestibular dysfunction symptoms and their serious long term adverse health consequences don’t exist or are caused by scaremongering is neither scientifically correct, nor morally or ethically defensible.”
Members having contributed to the letter and Open Letter, soon to be published, additionally express the need to include rising accounts of adverse health impacts to wildlife and domestic animals, as well as pets. (This has ironically in the past not been the inclusive nature of discussion of noise impacts by WHO, despite well-known historic and ongoing ignoble attempts to prove human impacts based on animal testing.)
The circulation of this media release worldwide will, at a minimum, put pressure on WHO to incorporate now aggregate and quite unquestionable impacts to health of all living things. It is hoped that the Panel charged with the assimilation of recent world data, science, and impact statements, will respond appropriately.