Senator Bob Day and Wind Turbine Syndrome

This piece is by David Clarke. For more information see ramblingsdc.net There have been many reviews of the available evidence by the world’s public health bodies and studies published in health science journals. Not one of these has concluded that wind turbines … Continue reading Senator Bob Day and Wind Turbine Syndrome

Life After Coal: US Economist Speaks

Bob Massie is the outgoing President and CEO of the New Economy Coalition, whose mission is to support a just transition to a new economy that enables both thriving communities and ecological health. He has degrees from Princeton and Yale … Continue reading Life After Coal: US Economist Speaks

Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

Corporate giants like Apple, have been heavily investing in renewable energy projects. This is now not only seen to be a financially sound move, but a major public relations activity.  This article originally featured at The Energy Collective. It can … Continue reading Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

6 charts that show renewable energy is getting cheaper

We are reaching an age that many skeptics dismissed as an energy fantasy. But the reality is in the data, mostly all renewable sources are getting cheaper, more competitive without subsides, and becoming the most viable option for our energy … Continue reading 6 charts that show renewable energy is getting cheaper

Wind auction result delivers renewable energy and economic benefits to the ACT

Three wind farm’s will supply the ACT with 200 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity, with a reduction of 580,000 tonnes of emissions each year. This is a serious emissions reduction effort from the ACT Government with broader economic benefits.  This was … Continue reading Wind auction result delivers renewable energy and economic benefits to the ACT

A very solar Super Bowl, powered 100% by wind energy

The 2015 Super Bowl host stadium will be powered by 100% wind energy, and is not the only stadium in the US making an example of utilising renewables. A number of sports stadiums in Australia could also utilise the technology … Continue reading A very solar Super Bowl, powered 100% by wind energy

U.K. And Germany Smash Wind Power Records

The UK and Germany have seen new heights in their domestic wind energy production. This growth, and continuing growth is strongly related to policy and regulatory decisions. If Australia followed suit with sensible energy policy, we could enjoy the same … Continue reading U.K. And Germany Smash Wind Power Records

Australian energy policy – and what’s making it sick

The discrediting of wind technology can come in all shapes and forms. From the treasurer, the PM and various conservative think tanks we often see a spin relating to the appearance productivity and overall safety of the technology. This piece is by Ketan Joshi.  This article was originally published on Medium.com. The article was sourced here. You’re driving down a stretch of familiar highway and the road in front of you is framed by gently undulating landscape. As you weave past a familiar corner, a single set of rotating blades emerges over the hill. Your skin bristles as you watch a … Continue reading Australian energy policy – and what’s making it sick

Review finds wind energy is clean, safe: Political implications of NHMRC review

nhmrc_logoThe 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:

The NHMRC review, the twentieth by a credible health body, was released just weeks after the Abbott government confirmed it would undertake its own study on wind energy and health. 

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”