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Australia’s peak body for doctors and medical professionals has given wind energy a clean bill of health.
The Australian Medical Association has released a Position Statement outlining their view that there is no evidence wind farms harm human health.
AMA Vice President and Chair of the AMA Public Health Committee, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said the available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that wind farms cause adverse health effects. Continue reading “Medical association gives wind energy clean bill of health”
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (Nationals) has made a clumsy entry into the wind energy debate by claiming wind turbines are a fire risk.
So, what is known about wind turbines and fire?
The National Health and Medical Research Council has released its long-awaited review into wind farms and health.
The NHMRC review shows, once again, that wind farms are clean and safe.
The review finds no conclusive evidence linking wind farms to ill health affects. The Systematic review of the human health effects of wind farms states:
In summary, the systematic review indicated that there was no consistent evidence that noise from wind turbines, whether estimated in models or using distance as a proxy, is associated with self-reported human health effects. (p.17)
The evidence considered does not support the conclusion that wind turbines have direct adverse effects on human health, as the criteria for causation have not been fulfilled. Indirect effects of wind farms on human health through sleep disturbance, reduced sleep quality, quality of life and perhaps annoyance are possible. Bias and confounding could, however, be possible explanations for the reported associations upon which this conclusion is based. (p.18)
The findings are consistent with previous research, so should be no surprise to anyone.
Implications for the Abbott government:
Yet further investigations at the behest of the Prime Minister will add fuel to fire of the anti-wind farm campaign. Now that the science is in, it’s time to for politicians to show leadership, accept the result and move on. Continue reading “Review finds wind energy is clean, safe: Political implications of NHMRC review”