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Most adverse effects of wind turbines unproven, finds panel

There is evidence that wind turbines can cause “annoyance”, but not enough to show that they cause adverse health effects, according to a report by the Council of Canadian Academies.

“The panel looked at what had been written on the potential health effects of exposure to wind turbines, in the scientific literature, legal cases, and the most informative public documents,” said Tee Guidotti, the chairman of the expert panel. “We identified 32 health issues and then analysed the published peer-reviewed studies on each problem to determine if there was evidence for a causal relationship with wind turbine noise.”

The panel found limited evidence to link wind turbine noise to sleep disturbance, and determined that the noise was not associated with hearing loss. For all of the other health effects considered, including fatigue, tinnitus, vertigo, nausea and cardiovascular disease, the panel found that the evidence was inadequate to make any conclusion.

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