Posted by: WCFN | July 15, 2014

Open letter to the Danish government


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World Council for Nature

15 July 2014



To the government of Denmark,

Allow me to bring your attention to several press releases by our organisation, the World Council for Nature. Press releases that have been picked up by numerous news media around the world, and which cast an unfavourable light on the Kingdom of Denmark.”

http://wcfn.org/2014/06/07/windfarms-1600-miscarriages/

http://wcfn.org/2014/06/23/another-horror-story-from-denmark/

http://wcfn.org/2014/07/10/denmark-wind-turbines-disrupt-menstruation/

The first release draws attention to the 1,600 stillbirths of mink puppies, many exhibiting deformities, which occurred this year at a long-established mink farm which has wind turbines as new neighbours. The second quotes the mink farmer complaining that, “when the wind blows from the South West (where the wind turbines are), mother minks attack their own puppies.” And the third relates the closing of a plant nursery because its female employees complain of irregularities in their menstrual cycles, including unusual bleeding, since the installation of wind turbines nearby. The Danish media had already reported these tragic news, in the following articles:

https://worldcouncilfornature.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/2014-07-03-danish-article-on-plant-nursery-paper-edition.pdf

http://www.tv2east.dk/artikler/kaempevindmoeller-lukker-planteskole

http://jyllands-posten.dk/opinion/breve/ECE6846968/mink-som-forsoegsdyr/

http://www.maskinbladet.dk/artikel/tidligere-miljominister-vil-aendre-vindmollebekendtgorelse

http://www.tvmidtvest.dk/indhold/mink-amok-over-vindmoellestoej

http://aoh.dk/artikel/vindmller-giver-vanskabte-hvalpe

As far as we were able to find out, the response of your government to these health warnings has been to ignore them. When they were brought to the attention of your Minister of Health, Nick Hækkerup, by Member of Parliament Karina Adsbøl at a hearing on the health effects of wind turbines, Mr. Hækkerup turned a deaf ear to the matter: VIDEO Karina Adsbøl

Is ignoring the issue part of your policy for handling well-documented harm done by wind turbines, especially by those of the new, bigger variety? (See the work of Professor Henrik Møller, recently fired from Aalborg University at what appears to be the instigation of the wind energy lobby. Profs. Møller and Christian Pedersen demonstrated conclusively, in a peer-reviewed article a year or so ago, “the bigger they are, the more infrasound they produce.” Inconvenient truths on wind turbines are unwelcomed in your country, it would appear.)

One can’t ignore the facts that infrasound travels as far as 40 km, and that peer-reviewed studies have shown that chronic exposure at shorter distances can cause Vibro-Acoustic Disease. (VAD encompasses a long list of ailments, ranging from tinnitus to cardiac dysfunctions, cancer, and birth defects.) In their research on low frequency noise (including infrasound), Dr. Mariana Alves-Pereira and her colleague Dr. Castelo-Branco found that young horses can develop limb deformities when raised in the vicinity of wind turbines (1). Their study also found that the members of the family breeding these horses suffered themselves from VAD.

But the above are just small samples. Globally, cases abound of farm animals gravely affected by wind turbines (1). As for people, thousands of windfarm neighbours suffer from sleep deprivation, headaches, nausea, vertigo, tinnitus, etc. (Sleep deprivation, alone, triggers a host of ailments, ranging from stress and difficulty working and concentrating, to car accidents and a weakened immune system.)

With respect to deformities and stillbirths, it stands to reason that humans can be affected just as are minks and cattle, especially when economic and employment constraints prevent them from moving away from the wind turbines. (The story of the women employed by the garden center, mentioned above, is eloquent and tragic in this regard) (3).

The evidence of adverse health effects from wind turbines has been mounting for years. Let’s note the independent research of Nina Pierpont, M.D. (Johns Hopkins), Ph.D. (Princeton University), who described in detail the symptoms she uncovered through interviewing windfarm victims. (Dr. Pierpont published her 300-page report as, “Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Report on a Natural Experiment,” 2009) (4).

We must add to this the widely available, published work of Dr. Alec Salt and colleagues at the Cochlear Fluids Research Lab, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, Missouri). Professor Salt has demonstrated that infrasound produced by wind turbines can indeed dys-regulate inner ear function, triggering the cascade of symptoms documented by Dr. Pierpont. Infrasound can readily do this, despite the fact it cannot be heard audibly. For decades the wind industry has clung to the fallacy that, “If you can’t hear it, it can’t hurt you.” Salt, a professor of Otolaryngology, has demolished that myth.

There is also the widely reported clinical experience of Dr. Steven Rauch, physician, Medical Director of Harvard Medical School’s renowned Clinical Balance and Vestibular Center. Dr. Rauch was recently interviewed by The New Republic:
“Dr. Steven Rauch, an otologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a professor at Harvard Medical School, believes WTS [Wind Turbine Syndrome] is real. Patients who have come to him to discuss WTS suffer from a “very consistent” collection of symptoms, he says. Rauch compares WTS to migraines, adding that people who suffer from migraines are among the most susceptible to turbines. There’s no existing test for either condition but “Nobody questions whether or not migraine is real.”

“The patients deserve the benefit of the doubt,” Rauch says. “It’s clear from the documents that come out of the industry that they’re trying very hard to suppress the notion of WTS and they’ve done it in a way that [involves] a lot of blaming the victim” – see: “Big Wind Is Better Than Big Oil, But Just as Bad at P.R.,” by Alex Halperin in The New Republic, June 16, 2014

The list of studies and other research on the health effects of wind turbines is too long for including in this letter. Instead, we direct you to the list published by Dr Sarah Laurie, Australian physician and CEO of the Waubra Foundation:
LIST of Dr. LAURIE

We applaud the fact that, under prodding from windfarm victims, your government has begun investigating the health effects of wind turbines. Unfortunately (or is this intentional?), the scope and methodology of the investigation appear to overlook the following, commonsensical, measures:

First, there must be a rigorous epidemiological study, if necessary using case-crossover data, as Dr. Pierpont, a population biologist besides being a physician, demonstrated.

Secondly, wind turbine ILFN (infrasound and low-frequency noise), must be measured down to 0.1 Hz within the homes of windfarm victims complaining of illness. That is, noise measurements should be taken within their homes at night, windows closed, when the wind is blowing from the direction they perceive as problematic.

Thirdly, there must be a moratorium on the installation of new wind turbines until these studies are completed, published, and commented upon by the scientific and clinical community.

The World Council for Nature’s primary goal is the conservation of biodiversity. We believe a mentally healthy human population and governments acting responsibly, according to transparent and honest science, are the necessary means for achieving this.

We look forward to your response to our concerns.

Sincerely,

Mark Duchamp, Chairman

References

(1) http://wcfn.org/2014/03/31/windfarms-vertebrates-and-reproduction/

(2) http://wcfn.org/2014/06/07/windfarms-1600-miscarriages/

(3) http://wcfn.org/2014/07/10/denmark-wind-turbines-disrupt-menstruation/

(4) http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/wind-turbine-syndrome/what-is-wind-turbine-syndrome/


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… and kills another small business


“All my female employees are complaining of irregular menstruations, and several have permanent headaches.”
(Boye Jensen, nursery owner, Denmark)


The Danish press reports the case of a garden centre (nursery) going out of business because of nearby wind turbines. Headaches are frequent among employees, and female workers complain of unusual bleeding and problems with their menstrual cycles. They are worried that more serious illnesses may follow. Five have recently resigned. The owner is now closing his business for fear of being held liable should a child be born with deformities, as happened to numerous mink puppies at a fur farm near wind turbines in Jutland (1).


Boye Jensen, the owner of Lammefjordens Perennials, is 67. He started his nursery 43 years ago, and it became a prosperous business with 15 employees and annual sales of 12 million krones (equiv. $ 2.1 million). He was planning to continue working for another 6-7 years, then sell the nursery. But his business is now worth nothing, creating an enormous financial loss.


He is discussing with his lawyer whether to sue Vattenfal, the company that owns the wind turbines, or the Municipality of Holbaek, which approved their installation 400-700 metres from his nursery. He expects to go to court and seek damages worth several million krones.


Himself a neighbour to 127-metre high wind turbines since their installation three years ago, Boye Jensen has long been convinced that low frequency noise emitted by the turbines makes people ill as they do animals” (2). Then, recently, he heard the tragic news from Kaj Bank Olesen’s mink farms (1). This, along with the resignation of several of his employees for health reasons, made him realise his business had become untenable because of the wind turbines. “The nursery owner made this hard decision after a mink breeder in Jutland was able to establish a causal link between the loss of a third of his mink puppies, deformed or stillborn, and several giant wind turbines erected nearby” (2).


The story made the news in Denmark (2) (3), and Member of Parliament Karina Adsbøl expressed her concerns to the Minister of Health at a parliamentary hearing. The Minister, typically, replied by addressing other, less important issues mentioned by the MP, and ignored the important ones, i.e. wind turbines causing birth defects in animals forced to live near them, and disrupting women’s menstrual cycles (4).


The World Council for Nature (WCFN) is calling attention to the fact that, as occurred for tobacco, asbestos, thalidomide etc, governments are siding with private financial interests in ignoring or denying the existence of obvious health problems linked to wind turbines. As is the case for the millions of birds and bats killed yearly by the turbines’ blades, mendacious studies are published by unscrupulous consultants, and by professionals and universities happy to oblige their benefactors. Hypocrisy is rampant, species are fast disappearing from our skies, and thousands of windfarm neighbours are being submitted to torture. The word “torture” is not an exaggeration: sleep deprivation is indeed a recognised form of torture.


In Denmark as elsewhere in the world, many rural families are suffering, particularly since the manufacture of the mega turbines (1 MW and over), which emit more infrasound as they grow bigger. This may explain why the complaints are growing louder. How much longer can this suffering be ignored, or even denied by health authorities?

Some countries, including Canada and Australia, have commissioned studies into the matter of noise emitted by windfarms. But the studies’ scope and methodology doom them to failure, perhaps intentionally. What is really needed is:


1) an epidemiological study, and
2) the measurement of low frequency sound (including infrasound down to 0.1 Hz), inside the homes of windfarm victims, at night, windows closed, when the wind is blowing from the direction that is causing the problem.


Most of all, as a precaution, no mega turbines should be erected less than 10 km from habitations until these studies are completed, published and analysed. There is indeed compelling evidence that infrasound travels much farther than other noise, and tortures sensitive people in their homes at distances of 10 km and more. Shorter distances could be temporarily set for smaller turbines, in proportion with their generating capacity.


WCFN calls upon the Danish government to intervene in favour of victims. A wealth of evidence is available, including peer-reviewed studies, that warrants applying the precautionary principle without delay (5). Children are particularly at risk – evidently even the unborn.


WCFN’s primary goal is the conservation of biodiversity. A sane and responsible human population is the single most important means of achieving this goal.  A letter of protest is being sent to the Danish government.



Mark Duchamp tel. +34 693 645 736+34 693 645 736+34 693 645 736+34 693 645 736
Chairman, World Council for Nature
http://www.wcfn.org
July 10th 2014


References:


(1) – Kaj Bank Olesen’s mink farm: stillbirths and deformities:

http://wcfn.org/2014/06/07/windfarms-1600-miscarriages/



(2) – Translation of the article from the Nordvestnyt (North West News) on the closure of the garden center:

http://wcfn.org/documents/wind-turbines-affect-menstruation-danish-press/



(3) – Garden centre story mentioned in one of Denmark’s leading newswpaper, Jyllands-Posten (the Jutland Post):

http://jyllands-posten.dk/opinion/breve/ECE6846968/mink-som-forsoegsdyr/



(4) – Video: a Member of Parliament, Karina Adsbøl, addresses her concerns to the Minister of Health, mentioning the deformities at the mink farm and the menstruation problems at the garden center:

http://wcfn.org/documents/windfarms-affect-menstruation-danish-parliament/



(5) – Waubra Foundation:

http://waubrafoundation.org.au/


Posted by: WCFN | July 4, 2014

Bullet news # 4


Infrasound* recorded on a video, like footprints in the snow



“These infrasound impulses can no longer be denied by the wind industry: they are so real they can be SEEN.”


“Tortured by the thousand through sleep deprivation, rural families are the collateral damage of this new regime whose war is against common sense and moderation.”


Read more, and see the AMAZING VIDEO: Welcome to green hell

* These sound pressure waves travel at the speed of sound, but we can see in the video the footprints of their births, vortices that move away slowly from the wind turbine that generated them.

 

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Posted by: WCFN | July 2, 2014

Wind turbines contaminate


Wind turbines not only attract and kill raptors, hirundines and bats: they make people seriously ill, and they contaminate the environment.


Oil_leak
Oil leak along a wind turbine tower in the Sierra de El Perdón (courtesy of Gurelur – the Navarrian association of real ecologists)



“Scotland’s environmental watchdog has probed more than 100 incidents involving turbines in just six years, including diesel spills, dirty rivers, blocked drains and excessive noise.

“Alarmingly, they also include the contamination of drinking water and the indiscriminate dumping of waste…”

…..

“In another incident in November 2011, 1,000 litres of oil leaked from a turbine at the Clyde wind farm in Abington, Lanarkshire, resulting in an emergency clean-up operation.”

…..

“People living near Whitelee, which has 215 turbines, complained of severe vomiting and diarrhoea with water samples showing high readings of E. Coli and other coliform bacteria.”

…..

“Dr Connor said: “I would expect this likely contamination of drinking water must be happening all over Scotland.”

Read more: The Sunday Post


Washing_turbines
Detergents are another source of contamination. They are used to wash the towers from leaked oil, and the blades from dead insects, which form a paste that reduces performance.


Related articles:


The Times: contaminating drinking water

The Guardian: highly-contaminating rare earth mining extracts the rare metals used in wind farms and electric cars

Iberica 2000: Windfarms negative – contamination of aquifers and ground water



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Posted by: WCFN | June 23, 2014

Another horror story from Denmark


Mink farm in the news, again


Kaj Bank Olesen at mink farm - courtesy of AOH.Dk
Above: Kaj Bank Olesen at his mink farm, courtesy of AOH.Dk



The fur farmer Kaj Bank Olesen now complains that, when the wind blows from the South West (where the nearby wind turbines are), mother minks attack their own puppies – those that were born healthy after the 1,600 miscarriages of last month (1). As a result of their wounds, over twenty puppies had to be put down, and 40 put in observation. Mr Olesen, the owner and operator of the farm, made a short video showing the large wound inflicted to a young mink:

See the VIDEO embedded in the center of the article: click HERE



Online news agency BREITBART reported on this new mishap, the third one since the wind turbines started to operate in September 2013:
More-Deaths-Linked-to-Wind-Turbines-near-Danish-Mink-Farm


The news last fall of the first incident – minks attacking each other – was published by two Danish newspapers (1). That of the second tragedy, last May – the 1,600 miscarriages – was only covered outside Denmark (2). It’s not surprising: the wind industry is arguably the little kingdom’s first employer and exporter, and its influence is felt everywhere in Denmark, e.g. in the media, in government, and in scientific circles such as universities (3). Thus, by not publishing the shocking story, editors effectively protected the giant multinational company VESTAS, which manufactures wind turbines.
 
But this changed last Saturday, when local media AOH.Dk published online an article about the Olesen fur farm: “It happened two weeks ago. Minks began to bite their puppies and each other” writes the author Jesper Wind (4). He then makes reference to the earlier tragedy: “… since they [the wind turbines] began to spin last fall, the number of stillbirths and deformed puppies increased fivefold, says Kaj Olesen Bank.” And the article continues: “The proportion of females that refused to mate has quadrupled as compared to last year, when there were no wind turbines behind his mink farm.”


The AOH article ends by an invitation to read more on the story in the printed newspaper Herning Folkeblad, which covers news from central Jutland (5). So the news is well out of the bag now: it can no longer be ignored, published as it is by Danish media and going viral on the Net. Actually, mainstream editors from the rest of the world may still decide to hush it up, in spite of the deleterious implications such a decision would have on public health. But WCFN doesn’t think they would do something so unethical.


Scientific evidence has been accumulating since the eighties, proving that low-frequency vibrations emitted by wind turbines are harmful. Vested interests still react by asserting that the Wind Turbine Syndrome is “all in the head” – i.e. a nocebo effect. But this dubious argument no longer gets any traction when we see animals being affected, becoming aggressive, developing deformities, or even dying en masse (6) when exposed 24h a day to heavy doses of these vibrations.



The wind industry and their friends in government are highly embarrassed by the news WCFN broke to the world earlier this month: 1,600 miscarriages at fur farm near wind turbines/
Hence the efforts to hide it, just as “they” covered up the true extent of the massacres of raptors, swallows, swifts and bats. Sadly, the mainstream media have often helped industrial and political interests to hush up inconvenient news. But this is a different kettle of fish: if wind turbines can cause deformities in minks, sheep, cattle and horses (7), they can obviously cause similar effects in human populations living near them. It would be downright criminal to hide this from the public.

 

CONTACT:

Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +34 693 643 736 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Chairman, World Council for Nature
www.wcfn.org


REFERENCES:

(1) – WCFN press release of June 7th, breaking the news to the world:
1,600 miscarriages at mink farm near wind turbines

(2) – The news of the 1,600 miscarriages goes viral on the Internet:
http://www.theecoreport.com/green-blogs/technology/energy/windproblems/1600-miscarriages-at-fur-farm-near-wind-turbines/
http://www.policyreview.eu/still-born-mink-tragedy-blamed-on-wind-turbine-installations-are-humans-also-exposed/
http://www.principia-scientific.org/wind-turbines-cause-of-sudden-1-600-farm-deaths.html
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/the-accepted-killing-and-maiming-of-animals-in-the-name-of-green-energy
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/06/10/Wind-Turbines-Caused-1-600-Miscarriages-on-Fur-Farm
http://www.masterresource.org/2014/06/health-effects-from-wind-turbines/
http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/category/what-effects-do-wind-turbines-have-on-domestic-animals-wildlife/feed/
http://wcfn.org/2014/06/07/windfarms-1600-miscarriages/
http://en.friends-against-wind.org/realities/1600-miscarriages-at-fur-farm-near-wind-turbines
http://quixoteslaststand.com/2014/06/09/world-council-for-nature-1600-miscarriages-at-fur-farm-next-to-wind-turbines
http://torontowindaction.com/just-in/world-council-for-nature-1600-miscarriages-at-fur-farm-next-to-wind-turbines
http://mothersagainstwindturbines.com/2014/06/09/more-information-on-the-mink-farm-tragedy-in-denmark/
http://lastresistance.com/6097/green-wind-turbines-harming-humans-animals-democrats-care/
http://narrskeppet.blogspot.com.es/2014/06/vindkraftens-offer-uppmarksammas-i.html

etc.

(3) – Highly competent, honest, impartial professor Henrik Moller sacked from Aalborg University;
http://waubrafoundation.org.au/2014/professor-henrik-moller-sacked-by-dean-faculty-engineering-from-aalborg-university/

http://nomoreliesblog.wordpress.com/tag/professor-henrik-moller/

(4) – Danish article in AOH.Dk – 21 June 2014:
http://aoh.dk/artikel/vindmller-giver-vanskabte-hvalpe

(5) – https://worldcouncilfornature.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/2014-06-21-herning-folkeblad-the-mink-case-in-jutland-dk-page-1.pdf

https://worldcouncilfornature.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/2014-06-21-herning-folkeblad-the-mink-case-in-jutland-dk-page-2.pdf

More info: redaktionen@herningfolkeblad.dk

(6) – Death of 400 goats in Taiwan – BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8060969.stm

(7) – Deformities in horses, sheep, cattle, etc.
http://wcfn.org/2014/03/31/windfarms-vertebrates-and-reproduction/


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Posted by: WCFN | June 7, 2014

Windfarms: 1,600 miscarriages


Danish mink farm
Above: Danish mink farm 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7th 2014


1,600 miscarriages at fur farm near wind turbines



Denmark: 1,600 animals were born prematurely at a mink farm last month. 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.


still-born minks
Above: some of the 1,600 minks born prematurely




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, who was heard about it at a parliamentary committee on the environment 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” (2).

dead minks at Danish wind farm
Above: dead minks at Danish wind farm


mink injured  in a fight
Above: injured mink in a cage




Both mishaps are alarming, as they constitute definite proof that wind turbines are harmful to the health of animals living in their vicinity. And they are not the only ones. In the letter mentioned above, WCFN quoted more of them, all leading to the conclusion that low frequency vibrations emitted by wind turbines can cause serious ill-effects on health, including altered behaviour, deformities, miscarriages and premature births (2).

deformed mink fetus

Above: a deformed mink foetus




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 (3). 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” ” (4).


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 neighbours, 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 (5). So we can only pray that human health will receive more consideration from our leaders.


Media contact:


Mark Duchamp
Chairman, WCFN
Tel: +34 693 643 736 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +34 693 643 736 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
www.wcfn.org
wcfn@live.com



References:


(1) – www.maskinbladet.dk/artikel/tidligere-miljominister-vil-aendre-vindmollebekendtgorelse


- Other article on the first mishap, with its translation, + video in Danish. And the veterinarian’s report, with its translation, on the second mishap, that of the miscarriages (May 2014). See: DOCUMENTS


(2) – wcfn.org/2014/03/31/windfarms-vertebrates-and-reproduction


(3) – Kelley, N et al, 1985 “Acoustic Noise associated with Mod 1 Turbine; its source, impact and control”
waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/kelley-et-al-1985-acoustic-noise-associated-with-mod-1-wind…


Kelley, N 1987 “A Proposed Metric for Assessing the Potential of Community Annoyance from Wind Turbine Low-Frequency Noise Emissions”
waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/1987-problem-with-low-frequency-noise-from-wind-turbines…


Hubbard, H 1982 “Noise Induced House Vibrations and Human Perception” (1982) 19:2 Noise Control Engineering Journal 49
waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/hubbard-h-1982-noise-induced-house-vibrations-human-perception


(4) – waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/laurie-s-wind-turbine-noise-adverse-health-effects-and…


(5) – wcfn.org/2014/05/21/bullet-news-3

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Posted by: WCFN | May 21, 2014

Bullet news # 3


Windfarms kill over 100 million birds and bats a year


As an example, here is an analysis of the situation in the US: US windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought



For those of you in a hurry, who can’t read the article, here is the calculation:


In the US alone, the figure is 13-39 million birds and bats every year – estimate published months ago by Paul Driessen, and repeated with detailed explanations here: America’s wind farms are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually


Taking the median of this bracket, we get 26 million birds and bats a year for the US.


The US has about 40,000 wind turbines, and the world about 200,000, i.e. more than four times as many. And 26 millions x 4 = 104 millions


So, 100,000,000 birds and bats a year for the world is a conservative estimate.


Mark Duchamp
President, Save the Eagles International

Posted by: WCFN | May 6, 2014

Bullet news # 2

USA: 13-39 million birds and bats killed by wind turbines every year!

http://www.theecoreport.com/tag/mark-duchamp/

Posted by: WCFN | April 17, 2014

Destroying the planet: 2) BIOMASS


European Union: lunatics at the wheel


deforestation
Click on the image to enlarge



Like biofuels, biomass is a “green” lunacy which helps destroy the planet instead of saving it



Biomass energy is produced by chipping up trees and burning them in power plants to generate electricity. In previous articles (1) we have seen how the EU government is causing habitat destruction around the world through its biofuels policy. The same is true with biomass. A top climate scientist said the following about it:

“This loophole gives oil companies, power plants and industries that face tighter pollution limits a cheap, yet erroneous, means to claim reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. According to a number of studies, including one by a U.S. Department of Energy lab, applying this incentive globally could lead to the loss of most of the world’s natural forests as carbon caps tighten.” (2)

Mesopotamia
“This used to be the lushly forested place called Mesopotamia, the Cradle of Civilization: modern day Iraq, Iran and the Middle East. Wouldn’t you be a little cranky too if all your trees were gone?” – Hufftington Post




European Union politicians act as if they had lost their minds. The alternative is that they are thoroughly corrupt, in their ideology or moneywise (or both). In a great article that’s already four years old, the Hufftington Post listed their delusions regarding biomass. But it produced no effect on the lunatics:


“Biomass Burning Delusion # 1: Burning trees doesn’t produce carbon dioxide.


“Burning any carbon based fuel produces carbon dioxide. That’s what burning is, carbon plus oxygen yields heat and CO2 and some other stuff called pollution. Woody biomass burning as it turns out produces more carbon dioxide than burning fossil fuels. You can pass laws and sign treaties but when you take a match to wood it releases carbon dioxide.


“Biomass burning produces fifty percent more carbon dioxide even than coal because it burns less efficiently,” say Biologist Rachel Smolker of U.K. based Biofuelwatch”.


Read the rest of this excellent article here:
Biomass burning produces 50% more carbon dioxide than coal

X X X


Be sure to read also this article on biomass in the Daily Mail: “The bonfire insanity”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581887/The-bonfire-insanity-Woodland-shipped-3-800-miles-burned-Drax-power-station-It-belches-CO2-coal-huge-cost-YOU-pay-cleaner-greener-Britain.html


And please sign the petition against the Avonmouth biomass plant here:
http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2014/gib-avonmouth-alert/




FOOTNOTES:


(1) – see: http://wcfn.org/2013/04/01/malaysia-sacrifices-its-elephants-for-palm-oil/


http://wcfn.org/2013/05/30/more-on-the-devastation-caused-by-asinine-biofuels-policies/


http://wcfn.org/2014/02/10/not-renewable/


(2) – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-gibbs/green-nightmare-burning-b_b_395553.html


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Posted by: WCFN | March 31, 2014

Windfarms and birth defects


Windfarms, vertebrates, and reproduction


lambs


To the AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Open letter, 2 April 2014 (Sydney)



To: Dr Steve Hambleton, AMA President
Professor Geoffrey Dobb, AMA Vice-President



The World Council for Nature (WCFN) laments the surprising decision of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to deliver a clean bill of health to victims of industrial wind turbines, without having conducted an epidemiological study or seen any of the patients. Windfarm neighbors around the world have been requesting for some time that health authorities would carry out such a study, including the measuring of infrasound peaks and seismic vibrations inside neighboring homes. But this is being denied to them. Physicians at large are helping the industry, not its victims. It’s a repeat of the doctors-for-tobacco propaganda from years back.

history-repeats-itself
Courtesy of Craig Kelly, MP, Sydney.



AMA asserts that windfarm neighbors suffer from anxiety, nothing else, and that anti-windfarm campaigns are the cause (1). In other words: it’s the nocebo effect, which “originates exclusively from psychological sources” (Wikipedia).


But what about the animals? We know that hens and cattle living in the vicinity of wind farms suffer a wide range of pathologies. Of highest concern are the deaths of otherwise healthy animals, the stillbirths, and the deformities in newborns and yearlings. As animals can’t read propaganda material, listen to the radio nor surf the Internet, WCFN submits that their pathologies cannot be caused by anti-windfarm campaigns. Here is the circumstantial evidence we are asking you to consider:

1) - 400 goats died in Taiwan in 2009. These animals, kept on a windfarm, were unable to sleep: “the goats looked skinny and they weren’t eating. One night I went out to the farmhouse and the goats were all standing up; they weren’t sleeping” (2).

2) – 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. The owner was heard by Members of Parliament, who were stunned (sic) to learn that wind turbines were not as harmless as the wind industry had told them (3).

3) – In Poland, a recent peer-reviewed study on domestic geese concluded that: “the results indicate the negative impact of the immediate vicinity of wind turbines on feed consumption, weight gain and cortisol concentration in blood” (4).  

4) – Nova Scotia, Canada: the Ocean Breeze Emu Farm, popular among tourists, has closed down. The vibrations from nearby wind turbines, 850 meters away, have killed many of the emus, the owners announced. “Our birds became very aggressive. They were never like that. They were very docile”, Debi VanTassell said. The big birds were not sleeping. They were running in their pens night and day, writes the journalist who talked to the Van Tassells. “We noticed they weren’t gaining any weight”, the owner said. “Some of them were so skinny, you’d see the little backbones,”… Barely audible or low-frequency vibrations from the turbines have done them in. The infrasound gets in your head and body and takes you over, explained VanTassell to the Chronicle Herald (5). Three days earlier, she had written to globalwindenergyimpact.com:“We cannot prove that it is due to the effect of the turbines, but one thing we do know is that for the 18+ years before the turbines we NEVER had any problems with our birds, no unexplained deaths, no agitation… We had healthy, productive, and content emus.” (6)
 
5) – A study from Portugal shows that foals born and raised near wind turbines developed Equine Flexural Limb Deformities. “The results presented herein strongly suggest that the presence of LFN-generating WT in the vicinity of this horse breeding farm can play a significant role in the triggering and onset of equine flexural limb deformities” (LFN: low frequency noise – WT: wind turbine). (7) It was published by the Universidade Lusófona and formed the basis for a thesis at the UNIVERSIDADE TÉCNICA DE LISBOA (8).

LFN deformity on foal 1

The above image shows the same foal at 3 and 6 months of age.




LFN deformity on foal

Club feet – LFN can cause a thickening of blood vessels walls.


 
6) – Biologist Dr. Lynne Knuth, in a letter to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, testified as follows: “The problems with animal reproduction reported in the wind farms in Wisconsin are lack of egg production, problems calving, spontaneous abortion (embryonic mortality), stillbirth, miscarriage and teratogenic effects:
• In chickens: Crossed beaks, missing eyeballs, deformities of the skull (sunken eyes), joints of feet/legs bent at odd angles (Jim Vollmer, personal communication)
• In cattle: missing eyes and tails (updated Excerpts from the Final Report of the Township of Lincoln Wind Turbine Moratorium Committee).


It is disturbing to me that in chickens and cows in separate wind farms (separated by 50 miles) similar teratogenic effects are being observed, namely missing eyeballs. Based on the correlation of effects seen experimentally and those seen in the wind farm in chickens, these defects may be due to low frequency vibration. Jim Vollmer, the farmer who owns these chickens, reports that the tin structures on his farm buildings vibrate. If the infrasound/ low- frequency sound is strong enough to vibrate structures on his farm as it passes through, what is it doing to the delicate connections and circulation inside the developing chicken embryos, and inside people, as it passes through them?

Animal health problems in the Srnkas’ formerly award-winning herd include cancer deaths, ringworm, mange, lice, parasites, cows not calving properly, dehydration, mutations such as no eyeballs or tails, cows holding pregnancy only 1 to 2 weeks and then aborting, blood from nostrils, black and white hair coats turning brown, mastitis, kidney and liver failure. . . .” (9)

7) – There are many more accounts of wind turbines affecting animals, for example shepherds’ dogs refusing to work, or even get out of the kennel (10). People have also reported the disappearance of wildlife around wind farms, except for visiting birds and bats, and scavengers which come to feed on their carcasses.


The above circumstantial evidence is more than enough to warrant a thorough epidemiological study on windfarm neighbors who complain about Wind Turbine Syndrome, and on their animals. Applying the precautionary principle, a moratorium should be called on windfarm development until such time as the study is published and analysed. To guarantee against bias, and to keep it simple, half of the professionals involved in the study should be approved by WCFN, which can’t be accused of being pro-windfarms.

 

WCFN oppose wind turbines because of their deleterious effects on biodiversity, but we are not insensitive to the harm they do to people. We too believe in this principle contained in the Hippocratic oath: “primum non nocere” – first, do no harm.


Mark Duchamp
Chairman


References:
(1) – http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/ama-statement-wind-farms-and-health-2014/
(2) – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8060969.stm
(3) – http://www.maskinbladet.dk/artikel/tidligere-miljominister-vil-aendre-vindmollebekendtgorelse
(4) – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24597302
(5) – http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1168233-turbines-blamed-for-killing-emu-business
(6) – http://globalwindenergyimpact.com/2013/11/16/once-successful-nova-scotia-emu-farm-forced-to-close-after-turbines-destroyed-their-flock/
(7) – http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2010-Denmark-Wind-turbines-Lyon-follow-up.pdf
(8) – https://www.repository.utl.pt/bitstream/10400.5/4847/1/Deforma%C3%A7ao%20flexural%20adquirida%20da%20articula%C3%A7ao%20interfalangica%20distal%20em%20poldros.pdf
(9) – http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-03-14/business/ct-biz-0314-wind-energy–20100314_1_turbines-wind-power-last-year-wind-farm
(10) – http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/06/24/working-dogs-may-be-affected-by-wind-farms/ 

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