Wind Turbine Syndrome: what should we do?

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There’s been a great debate on the environmental benefits of wind turbines compared to the potential health risks commonly referred to as Wind Turbine Syndrome, but I think there is no better video to watch than the one below to understand what living near a wind turbine must be like.

The problem with wind turbines

The couple in the video complain that as soon as the wind turbines on properties surrounding theirs started spinning, they experienced ear pressure, nausea, and headaches. These are all commonly associated with what many are beginning to refer to as ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’, as those living near the clean energy generators suffer from similar pains. The cause of wind turbine syndrome is mostly in the inaudible infrasound produced by the spinning blades, that is amplified in the video above.

Other symptoms commonly associated with Wind Turbine Syndrome are sleep problems (including night terrors), serious mood problems including irritability and anxiety, concentration and memory problems, issues with equilibrium, and dizziness.


Wind turbines make bats explode

When bats fly too close to wind turbines, their lungs literally explode from the drop in air pressure created by the spinning blades. This was discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Calgary who found hundreds of dead bats near wind farms, but that had no external injuries.

If the proximity of a bat to a wind turbine causes its internal organs to burst, isn’t it possible it could be putting a strain on human bodies as well?


Are wind turbines worth the health problems?

Of course there are environmental benefits that go along with wind farms. The use of the clean energy sources means that our society has to rely less on coal, and in turn it makes our air cleaner by burning fewer fossil fuels.

However, the wind turbines are clearly having a negative effect on all living creatures that go near them. So what should we do? Should turbines not be allowed within a certain proximity of human living space, or is the danger to great to all species to keep them running at all, as is suggested in the video above.

Let us know what you think of Wind Turbine Syndrome and what should be done about it in the replies.

  • Ian Andrew

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1 thought on “Wind Turbine Syndrome: what should we do?”

  1. Immediately I feel they set themselves up for psychological effects (which of course can cause physical effects) when they ‘didn’t want turbines on their farm, they were bad, they would spoil the visual horizon’ and then not being able to stop the turbines from being built around them and causing a visual effect, they then suffer ‘bad effects’ from them.
    Another point is how is it that many farmers and others live fine with wind farms around them?
    I live in an area where for the last 150 years there have only been drab monocrop vistas from thousand acre private farms. Now the wind farms to me are a relief, they signify progress, the future, connection with the global planet, and frankly are graceful giants to me (no I don’t work for any wind company).


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