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Turbines on Trial: Animal Miscarriages in Denmark (inconvenient fact for wind cronyists?)

“Politicians, and wind industry shills who … deny the risks to health, are now liable to be successfully sued by wind farm victims. And so are governments, as they still refuse to measure infrasound emitted by modern wind turbines.”

In Denmark last month, 1,600 animals were born prematurely at a mink farm. Many had deformities, and most were dead on arrival. The lack of eyeballs was the most common malformation. Veterinarians ruled out food and viruses as possible causes. The only thing different at the farm since last year has been the installation of four large wind turbines only 328 meters away.

The wind farm consists of four 3 MW turbines, VESTAS model V112, reaching out to 140 meters in height at the tip of the blades. When they became operative last fall, a first mishap was reported by the mink farmer at a parliamentary committee on wind farms in January this year. [1] 

The World Council for Nature (WCFN) reported the incident earlier:

In Denmark, which is the EU’s leader in mink farming, millions of Danish kroners were lost in damaged pelts when wind turbines started to operate near a mink farm. The animals became aggressive, attacking one another, and resulting in many deaths.

Both incidents are alarming, as they constitute definite proof that wind turbines are harmful to the health of animals living in their vicinity.

More Examples

And they are not the only ones. In the letter mentioned above, WCFN quoted more examples concluding that low frequency vibrations emitted by wind turbines can cause serious ill-effects on health, including altered behavior, deformities, miscarriages and premature births.

It goes without saying that humans are exposed to the same risks. In view of this new evidence, lying to the public pretending that wind turbines are harmless to people becomes a criminal act.

Politicians, and wind industry shills who, like often-quoted Mike Barnard or Simon Chapman, deny the risks to health, are now liable to be successfully sued by wind farm victims. And so are governments, as they still refuse to measure infrasound emitted by modern wind turbines.

It is indeed criminal to deny health risks where there is so much evidence, starting with official studies published in the 1980’s, which have been shelved to protect the wind industry. [2] Dr Sarah Laurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation, wrote:

Dr Kelley and his co researchers at the Solar Energy Research Institute in the US, closely connected with the US Department of Energy and NASA, identified in 1985 that the source of the annoyance for the residents living near a single downwind bladed turbine was “impulsive infrasound and low frequency noise, which resonated within the building structures.

The wind industry, their friends in government, and self-serving professionals benefitting indirectly from the huge subventions, all have been denying any health problem linked to wind farms. But there is now sufficient evidence to warrant:

  1. A moratorium on wind farms,
  2. Comprehensive epidemiology studies,
  3. Quantification of vibrations emitted by wind turbines, as measured inside the homes of resident neighbors, at night, on windy days, encompassing all frequencies down to 0.1 Hz.

Short of taking these health-saving measures, governments will be liable to be sued for damages, and criminal charges could be laid against decision makers.

The World Council for Nature hopes that the political class will take this public health issue seriously, more so than that of wildlife conservation, for instance. We have denounced before that governments are letting over 100 million birds and bats be sacrificed annually on the altar of this expensive, intermittent energy of doubtful practical value.

We can only pray that human health will receive more consideration from our leaders.

References:

[1] Other article on the first incident, with its translation, + video in Danish; and veterinarian’s report, with its translation, on the second incident, that of the miscarriages (May 2014): DOCUMENTS

[2] Kelley, N et al, 1985 “Acoustic Noise associated with Mod 1 Turbine; its source, impact and control.” Also see, Kelley, N 1987 “A Proposed Metric for Assessing the Potential of Community Annoyance from Wind Turbine Low-Frequency Noise Emissions” and Hubbard, H 1982 “Noise Induced House Vibrations and Human Perception” (1982) 19:2 Noise Control Engineering Journal 49.

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Mark Dunchamp is Chairman, World Council for Nature. This June 7, 2014, piece with pictures can be viewed here.

3 comments

1 mpcraig { 06.13.14 at 1:09 pm }

It is clear that those who champion the Precautionary Principle do so at their own discretion. This has all the hallmarks of meeting that principle and yet not a peep. How hypocritical.

2 Mark Duchamp { 06.15.14 at 7:07 pm }

The Danish media is covering up on the story. Whereas the first mishap had been reported in a couple of articles, the Danish people are being kept in the dark regarding the 1,600 miscarriages.

Is it ethical on their part to keep silent on a significant health hazard such as this? And if they do it for money, it’s even worse!

3 Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter) { 06.25.14 at 5:30 pm }

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