Posted by: WCFN | October 16, 2016

Open letter to the WHO

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(Traduction française)

OPEN LETTER
17 October 2016

From: World Council for Nature

To: Dr Margaret Chan,
Director-General, World Health Organization

Cc: Mrs Marie-Eve Héroux
Technical Officer, Air Quality & Noise
WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

Re: WHO’s Environmental Noise Guidelines for Europe

Madam,

The World Council for Nature (WCFN) strongly disapproves the WHO’s refusal to take into account the testimonies of victims of an emerging disease, the Wind Turbine Syndrome (WTS). We also object to the refusal of a number of national health authorities to measure infrasound emitted by wind turbines, or to conduct epidemiological studies among victims. It would appear that these organizations are incapable of resisting the pressure applied by political and/or special interests to deny the sufferings caused by wind farms, in spite of overwhelming evidence compiled and analysed during 15 years by eminent specialists (1), starting with conclusive US Department of Energy-financed studies conducted by Dr. Neil Kelley (1985, 1987).

WCFN is concerned by the evidence of wind turbines’ ill effects on animals and people. We are surprised that health authorities have endorsed the wind industry’s self-serving contention that “nocebo” is at the root of residents’ complaints. What about the animals? Can their alarming behaviors, physiological anomalies, miscarriages, still-born or deformed offsprings, and even deaths en masse (2) be explained by articles they “read” (?) on the Internet? The logical conclusion is that these health officials are either incompetent, or following a political or private interest agenda.

Mr JP Riou, president of an association blowing the whistle on the harmful effects of wind turbines, received a negative answer from the WHO when he sent the testimony of a physician about two long-suffering wind farm victims. He wrote back to Mrs Héroux, heading the WHO’s panel reviewing the Environmental Noise Guidelines for Europe: “I do think it is my duty to publicly express my dismay at your response, in which you state the inability of the Panel to take testimonies into account. … I can only regret that the WHO will be discarding factual evidence in its apprehension of an emerging disease, the study of which is clouded by a vast amount of biased reports commisioned by political and private financial interests.” (3)

Mrs Héroux’s letter also revealed to Mr Riou that the WHO would be limiting its work to a review of the scientific literature. We suspect, from experience, that the scope of the selected studies will be centered on “noise”, ignoring infrasound, low-frequency noise and frequency & amplitude modulation – and that none will have captured the sufferings of those residents that are submitted to chronic sleep deprivation, can’t concentrate, suffer from pressure in the ears, frequent headaches, nauseas, tinnitus, memory loss, high blood pressure, panic attacks, irritability, tachycardia and other cardiovascular problems, cancers, suicidal thoughts (perhaps even acts?), car accidents from lack of sleep (I personally happen to know of one), etc.

Reviews of scientific literature by national health authorities have denied the existence of health effects from wind turbines, which is outrageous in view of all the evidence. The Australian Senate did not, but when the Canberra government also expressed concern, a political plot ousted the Prime Minister. And the Waubra Foundation, which is researching the health impacts of wind turbines without spending a single taxpayers’ dollar, has become the object of an odious ploy to cut-off its crowd funding. It is now fighting in court not to lose its charity status. The media, also influenced by politics and special interests, ignore the scandal. This is how corrupt our democraties have become.

In a nutshell, honest scientists should not base their judgment on reviews of cherry-picked, politically correct scientific literature, peer-reviewed as it may be. We invite you instead to review testimonies, independent studies, videos and articles as referenced in the footnotes below, and health-related content of websites such as the Waubra Foundation, National Wind Watch, and Friends Against Wind (1 to 7). This is how the emerging disease WTS can best be apprehended. Full studies could then be commissioned by the WHO, and a moratorium on new wind farms recommended until such time as the results are analysed and fully understood.

30 years have passed since the conclusive “NASA – Kelley” studies. How much longer can an emerging disease be denied by national health authorities and ultimately by the WHO? How many MORE people (including especially vulnerable groups such as children, people with chronic diseases, the elderly, and those with existing mental health problems including particularly anxiety, depression and PTSD) are going to be damaged by further delay? Who will be ultimately held liable for the dereliction of professional ethical behavior on the part of those responsible?

A recognized disease, the Vibro-Acoustic Disease (VAD), can also be caused by wind turbines. It has been documented (7). Yet, health officials turn a blind eye to this as well.

The WHO stands high above national health organizations. It has to be a model to them, not the reverse. Yet, rejecting testimonies on an emerging disease does cast a doubt on the objectivity and integrity of your organization. We sincerely hope that the WHO will take a second look at the situation, and study the testimonies it has received plus those published on the Internet in English, French and German (6), even if they are only the tip of the iceberg. And please do analyse the massive amont of evidence available outside the box of biased peer-reviewed studies financed by the wind industry or complicit government agencies. It is essential for the health of the world population that the WHO remain independent from political pressure and special interests.

Respectfully yours

Mark Duchamp
Chairman

Footnotes:

(1) – 15 years of work by Jerry Punch, PhD, audiologist , professor emeritus at Michigan State University, and Richard James, INCE, BME, acoustician, adjunct professor in Central Michigan University.

http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2016/wind-turbines-noise-and-health/

Here is their landmark paper: Wind Turbine Noise and Human Health: A Four-Decade History of Evidence that Wind Turbines Pose Risks

http://hearinghealthmatters.org/journalresearchposters/files/2016/09/Final-Final-16-09-30-Wind-Turbine-Noise-Final-Manuscript-HHTM-Punch-James.pdf

(2) –  https://wcfn.org/2016/10/02/wind-turbines-effects-on-animals/

(3) –  http://lemontchampot.blogspot.fr/2016/10/open-letter-to-mrs-meheroux-who.html

Original in French:  http://lemontchampot.blogspot.fr/2016/09/environmental-noise-guidelines.html

(4) – This is one of countless videos about wind farm victims (if the sub titles do not appear, click the first of the icons at the bottom right of the screen): http://en.friends-against-wind.org/films/krank-durch-infraschall

Here is another:  http://en.friends-against-wind.org/health/infraschall-der-unhoerbare-laerm

(5) – Links to:

 The Waubra Foundation    http://waubrafoundation.org.au

National Wind Watch  https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/category/health/page/2/?titles=on

Friends Against Wind  http://en.friends-against-wind.org/

(6) – Testimonies:

– testimonies in English (from EU and US)  http://en.friends-against-wind.org/testimonies

– more testimonies, in French  http://fr.friends-against-wind.org/testimonies

– more testimonies, in German  http://de.friends-against-wind.org/testimonies

– more: victims from Ontario, Canada  http://windvictimsontario.com/victim-voices.html

– an important affidavit, in German  http://www.windwahn.de/index.php/windwahn/eidesstattliche-erklaerung.html

– Falmouth, USA: 61 testimonies accepted by board of health at a public hearing  https://fiwn.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/turbine-noise-victims-in-falmouth-shout-at-health-board/

– Poland: a victim writes to other victims  http://en.friends-against-wind.org/testimonies/polish-wind-farm-victims-believe-the-future-is-now 

– Germany: a webpage dedicated to victims of sound  http://www.opfer.windwahn.de/

– France, Belgium, Switzerland: letters to the authorities from the platform Victims of Wind Turbines  http://friends-against-wind.org/victims

– France: testimony from a physician about a two long-term victims, which prompted the letter from Mrs Héroux  http://lemontchampot.blogspot.fr/2016/09/famille-riveraine-deoliennes.html

(7) – A recognized disease can be caused by wind turbines: the Vibro-Acoustic Disease (VAD).

http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=4346

see also here:

 https://wcfn.org/2014/03/31/windfarms-vertebrates-and-reproduction/
(see section 5)

Posted by: WCFN | October 4, 2016

A wind & solar fiasco


California’s renewables headed for the cliff



Read this excellent article, in which a real-life example explains why intermittent wind and solar energies are causing CO2 emissions to rise, wholesale electricity prices to fall, yet costs to consumers to keep climbing.
Bloomberg’s New Energy Study




Editor’s notes: to better understand the contradiction between lower wholesale prices and climbing costs being charged to consumers, one must factor in:

  • The huge subsidies to renewables (e.g. € 15 billion a year in Germany alone).
  • “Capacity payments” now being paid almost everywhere to fossil fuel power plants to compensate for low production levels (imposed) and depressed wholesale prices for their product. Otherwise, they’d lose money and have to close shop, condemning their country to blackouts every time the wind abates or clouds block solar radiation.
  • In some countries, e.g. France, nimble power plants must be built altogether to balance the uncontrollable production of wind and solar.
  • Subsidies to electricity-intensive industries that would otherwise relocate to countries enjoying affordable energy prices.




Posted by: WCFN | October 2, 2016

Wind turbines: effects on animals


List of scientific and other literature evidencing the adverse effects of infrasound on animals

For the record, people are affected as well: see Nº 3 at the end of the list

In the case of wind turbines, low frequency noise and frequency/amplitude modulation are also involved



1) WCFN ARTICLES:

1600 miscarriages + FOOTNOTES, SOME LINKING TO ARTICLES OR STUDIES NOT REPRODUCED HERE

wind farms and birth defects + FOOTNOTES, SOME LINKING TO ARTICLES OR STUDIES NOT REPRODUCED HERE

Another horror story from Denmark + FOOTNOTES, SOME LINKING TO ARTICLES OR STUDIES NOT REPRODUCED HERE

wind turbines disrupt ovulation + FOOTNOTES, SOME LINKING TO ARTICLES OR STUDIES NOT REPRODUCED HERE

wind turbines and deformities + FOOTNOTES, SOME LINKING TO ARTICLES OR STUDIES NOT REPRODUCED HERE


2) OTHER:

Wind turbines cause chronic stress in badgers –
Journal of Wildlife Diseases July 2016 http://en.friends-against-wind.org/health/wind-turbines-cause-chronic-stress-in-badgers

Wind turbines and pigs – article from Annals of Animal Science | October 2015 http://en.friends-against-wind.org/health/wind-turbine-and-meat-quality-of-pigs

Yann Joly, France, sues windfarm owner in the amount of €350,000 for making his dairy cows sick: http://www.voanews.com/media/video/french-farmer-sues-wind-farm-over-stressed-cows/3096848.html

Ludovic Ossedat – Allier, France – complains that milk quality goes down when the wind turbines are spinning.
http://fr.friends-against-wind.org/films/eoliennes-la-bataille-des-villages 

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2011/animals-too-suffer-from-wind-turbine-syndrome/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2010/i-want-you-to-know-what-i-went-through-wisconsin/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2010/dairy-cattle-suffer-from-wind-turbine-syndrome-japan/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2010/nine-goats-have-died-since-december-illinois/

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/2011/one-third-of-the-dairy-herd-died-since-the-turbines-began-operation-wisconsin/



Background research on infrasound:  peer-reviewed studies as published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21946944
Infrasound may cause damage to the central nervous system through the Ca²⁺‑mediated apoptotic pathway in hippocampal neurons.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24634254
Infrasound can cause impairment of learning and memory.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23691087
Infrasound can cause avoidance reactions (fleeing) in salmons.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23632742
Infrasound can induce oxidative damage in rat cardiomyocytes by inactivating PPAR-γ.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24597302
Some adverse effects of raising geese close to wind turbines.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23046076
Infrasound at 2 and 6 Hz stimulates bacteria proliferation, but inhibits at it 4, 8, and 10 Hz.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24002225
Evidence that glial cell-expressed TRPV4 is a potential key factor responsible for infrasound-induced neuronal impairment.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24746834
Epigallocatechin gallate can be used as a promising drug for the treatment of infrasound-induced central nervous system damage.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25175368
Infrasound promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23165942
Infrasound can enhance the chemotherapeutic effects of cisplatin in a clinical setting.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23959686
Tractors should be tested re: infrasonic noise levels.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25092127
Chicken are more sensitive to infrasound than humans, even more than the homing pigeon.

http://informahealthcare.com/doi/full/10.3109/15368378.2014.906449
Effects of infrasound on the proliferation of E. coli K-12 cells (bacteria) – (unlike the others, a subscription is needed for this article).

Not to forget the Russian review of scientific literature on the health effects of infrasound, where we find these interesting quotes, on page 4:

“I – Infrasound of > 185 dB, which is of fatal danger (the variable pressure of such levels can induce pulmonary alveolar rupture).”

“IV – Infrasound of < 120 dB, which is not health harmful if its exposure time is less than several minutes; reactions of the long-time exposure are the subject for future studies.”

Read more: Dr. Vladimir Stepanov




3) For the record, people are affected as well: EFFECTS ON HUMANS

15 years of investigation into the adverse health effects of wind turbines on humans: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2016/wind-turbines-noise-and-health/

Link to the resulting scientific paper: http://hearinghealthmatters.org/journalresearchposters/files/2016/09/Final-Final-16-09-30-Wind-Turbine-Noise-Final-Manuscript-HHTM-Punch-James.pdf


And here is evidence of the dishonest maneuvers which allowed governments world wide to pretend there was nothing wrong with wind turbines:
http://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline/latest/embed/index.html?source=0Ak2bgr7C0nhPdGR3S1lEekU3T3p4ZDhUNDdRV2Y2ZkE&font=Bevan-PotanoSans&maptype=toner&lang=en&height=650


Some of the peer-reviewed studies proving a problem does exist:
https://stopthesethings.com/2014/12/17/21-peer-reviewed-articles-on-the-adverse-health-effects-of-wind-turbine-noise/


The Waubra foundation, of Australia, is the leading institution in the study of health effects of wind turbines. Most of the useful information on that subject will be found on its site: http://waubrafoundation.org.au/   Shamelessly, special interests have vowed to silence the foundation by asking the courts to disallow its charity status, thereby cutting its crowd funding. The foundation is now fighting in court for its survival. Yet the Foundation does not receive any subsidies from the public purse. How corrupt is a system that permits the persecution of honest, decent, courageous individuals that fight to stop proven harm from being done to people?



Posted by: WCFN | April 6, 2016

Pigs and wind turbines



The Effect of Varying Distances from the Wind Turbine on Meat Quality of Growing-Finishing Pigs

“The concentration of α-linolenic acid (C18:3n-3) in loin and neck muscles decreased as the distance from the wind turbine increased. Avoiding noise-induced stress is important not only for maintaining meat quality but also for improving animal welfare.”

By Małgorzata Karwowska, Jan Mikołajczak, Zbigniew Józef Dolatowski and Sylwester Borowski
© by Małgorzata Karwowska. This work is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

OUR COMMENTS:
Isn’t this another proof that, in the corrupt societies we live in, the health of farm animals is more important than that of people? Indeed, governments worldwide, lobbied by private interests, refuse to study the health effects of wind turbines on humans – especially those caused by harmful infrasound emitted by these giant machines. Hopefully, they will be judged for criminal negligence – that’s if our democratic institutions are not thoroughly corrupt.

The Polish and Bavarian governments, at least, have adopted a setback of 10 times the height of the turbines between these machines and habitations. It’s not enough, but at least it shows some concern. Quebec, on the other hand, has eliminated subsidies to new wind farms. This is even more courageous, and will save the health of many country dwellers in La Belle Province.

Download the study by clicking here.



Posted by: WCFN | February 2, 2016

Wind turbines and marine mammals


17 sperm whales stranded on beaches in a vast offshore windfarm zone



Authorized translation by WCFN of an article in French published here:
Éoliennes et mammifères marins

Sperm whales beached at Skegness - Jan 2016
These sperm whales, and three others, beached on the English shores of the Northern Sea; 12 others stranded in Germany and the Netherlands.


Sperm whale beached near wind farms of Lynn, Inner Dowsing and Lincs
On one of the whales stranded in England, anti-nuclear activists wrote a slogan to white-wash the wind turbines seen in the background.

 

Map of sperm whale beachings in the north Sea - Jan 2016
These whales were apparently members of the same pod, moving as shown above.

“Strandings are common in the North Sea but there hasn’t been one on this scale ‘in decades’, according to experts”.
The article, the map and more pictures are in the Daily Mail

 

Map offshore windfarms northern Europe
The 17 sperm whales died in areas of the North Sea that are saturated by sound and infrasound pollution emitted by ships and wind turbines. See the above map showing offshore wind farms, built, in construction or projected. Source: http://www.4coffshore.com/offshorewind/

 

Discussion
It could be that sick or ageing whales would seek refuge in very shallow waters at night, so as to sleep away from orcas (killer whales). Being pelagic species, they would be unaware of tides, and could wake up stranded on the sand. Sane specimens, on the other hand, could beach while fleeing toxic surroundings (water contaminated by chemicals) or other unbearable conditions (noise and infrasound).

Regardless, we know that noise and infrasound pollution may impair their feeding or navigation capabilities: “It is likely that acoustic masking by anthropogenic sounds is having an increasingly prevalent impact on animals’ access to acoustic information that is essential for communication and other important activities such as navigation and prey/predator detection” – (Clark et al., 2009) —> Acoustic masking in marine ecosystems

One way or another, there is little doubt that noise and infrasound emitted by offshore wind turbines further reduce marine mammals’ chances of survival. Pelagic fish could be affected as well. As for bottom dwellers, such as soles or crustaceans, an added disturbance comes from seismic vibrations transmitted from the rotors to the sea bed, up to 50 km away (and further still for mega turbines of, say, 8 MW) —> wind turbines emit “seismic noise”

 

P.S.: The number of sperm whales beached on North Sea shores these last few weeks has been updated to 29. —> Daily Mail Feb. 4, 2016

P.S. 2: Here is the podcast of an interview of the author by Dr Lori Kirshner of the Animals Today Radio Show

Posted by: WCFN | October 13, 2015

Democratic dice are loaded

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World Council for Nature

Press Release
13 October 2015

DEMOCRATIC DICE ARE LOADED

WHEN CRONY CAPITALISTS RUN THE GOVERNMENT


A de facto coup d’état rocked Australia last month. Prime Minister Tony Abbott was ousted by a rival within the same political party. Abbott had led the Liberals to victory in the 2013 elections, promising to cut down on the costly and otherwise harmful green agenda of the previous government.

Rent-seeking businesses in renewable energy, who live on subsidies and other handouts from governments, felt threatened. They vowed to fight, and they did. Lobbying is their strength, facilitated by deep pockets filled with taxpayers’ money. Ordinary people, wind farm victims in particular, can’t compete with that. This led to the victory of the crony capitalists. A new, pro-windfarm majority appeared within the Liberal party. Abbott no longer had the support he needed: he had to go.

Australia, with its peculiar “spill” system allowing challenges to party leadership during a legislature, is particularly vulnerable to lobbies. Some of these have grown to become extremely powerful. The Wind Lobby, for instance, has become a major political force worldwide. Huge subsidies for renewable energy create a perfect storm of corruption when a portion of the handout is used to reward those who voted for it in Parliament, financing their electoral campaigns. The book “Throw Them All Out” (1) documents this revolving door scheme as it works in the United States, but it is a worldwide practice, one which explains the huge development of intermittent, ineffective “green” energies in so many countries.

There is no reason to think that the global scheme does not apply to Australia. As a matter of fact, the demise of Tony Abbott is a strong indication that it does apply: with so much ‘legal bribe money’ available to his enemies, how could he possibly stay in power to carry out his mandate? This coup d’état raises a disturbing question about the reality of democracy in Australia. Here we have a Prime Minister voted in by Australians, but thrown out before his program could bite by a few backbenchers changing their tunes. Hmm!

Enter Malcolm Turnbull, the new Prime Minister, and the ship promptly changes tack. For instance we learn, in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) of October 3rd (2), that Dr Bruce Rapley, a renowned Acoustics & Environmental Health Consultant from New Zealand (3), won’t be appointed to the new scientific committee addressing the impact of wind turbines on human health. It doesn’t matter that he was recommended for the job by crossbench Senators eager to put some balance in that committee. Balanced it won’t be. As Dr Rapley puts it, commenting to us on the SMH article: “Looks like I am out of the race before it even began”. He adds, wryly: “What kind of a watch-dog committee is this, if the dice are loaded by stacking it with people whom you know will support the industry’s point of view? This makes a mockery of science, not to mention democracy and ethics.”

This is not the first time science is being manipulated to accommodate private interests. The tobacco industry led the way decades ago. Today, lobbies are venturing far ahead of their predecessors, using public funds to corrupt science wherever it will serve their purpose. Scientific committees, conservation NGOs, public health organizations, even national medical associations sing to their tunes. The system has become so corrupt, redemption seems near-impossible to achieve.

The World Council for Nature wish to honor those health professionals, acousticians and scientists who, like Dr Bruce Rapley, have the courage to uphold science against those who want to manipulate it towards political ends. We had had hopes with the Abbott government that, at least in Australia, the voice of the people, and in particular that of health victims of wind turbines, were at long last going to be heard. The Senate’s enquiry, spearheaded by conscionable Senators John Madigan, David Leyonhjelm and Chris Back, among others, concluded that wind turbines were having dangerous health effects, with infrasound and low-frequency noise as the most probable cause (4). But the Turnbull government is now busy backtracking on this long-awaited recognition, turning its back not only on public health, but also on the massacre of endangered birds and bats, as well as the destruction of jobs and heretofore competitive industries.

Score: wind lobby, one; zero for science, ethics and democracy.

Contact:

Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736
Chairman, World Council for Nature
wcfn@live.com

References:

(1) http://friends-against-wind.org/realities/windfarms-are-only-good-for-financing-political-parties
(2) http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/scientist-who-likened-wind-industry-to-hitler-shapes-as-potential-turnbull-government-adviser-20150930-gjyijg.html
(3) http://en.friends-against-wind.org/health/wind-turbines-worse-than-asbestos
(4) http://en.friends-against-wind.org/health/cape-bridgewater-senate-inquiry-hearing



Posted by: WCFN | October 2, 2015

NGOs alert G20 countries

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World Council for Nature

OPEN LETTER
to the G20 meeting of Energy Ministers
of 2 October 2015

co-signed by:

na-paw logo          logo

North-American Platform Against Windpower        Wind farm Victims





Prime Minister of Turkey,
Energy Ministers of the G20 countries,
Ladies and Gentlemen of the G20 Meeting,


You are preparing the Istanbul meeting of October 2nd, the objective being to coordinate the energy policies of G20 countries. This is an opportunity to relay to you some serious concerns held by the ordinary people of this planet regarding the “energy transition”.

Wind farm and photovoltaic output depend on the weather. Thirty years have passed since the introduction of this intermittent, erratic electricity. Without means for its storage on a massive scale, it remains of little use. Using fossil fuel power plants to regulate this energy is prohibitive in cost and cancels out savings realized on C02 emissions.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates said that the cost of decarbonization using today’s technology is “beyond astronomical”. Having invested one billion dollars in finding new ways to harness the energy from the sun, he suggests governments likewise redirect wasteful green subsidies to research & development (1). He also donated $28 billion to charity, nearly half his fortune (2).

Subsidies to ineffective wind “farms” have created a “1.8 trillion dollar global industry” (3), whose cost is stifling the economy everywhere while CO2 emissions fail to regress. Collateral damage, on the other hand, is considerable, no matter how many “experts” for hire dismiss the evidence, such as adverse health impacts revealed by conscientious professionals (4). Likewise, the massacre of birds and bats by the million (5) is denied, as are deleterious effects on the price of electricity, employment, property values and tourism potential. Wildlife habitats and marine ecosystems are sacrificed, as well as marine mammals, forests, landscapes, amenity of the countryside and quality of life. Ground water is being contaminated (6), unrecyclable turbine blades accumulate in dumps, the extraction of rare earths for wind turbines kills miners, women and children in China (7), while everywhere populations are fed mendacious buzzwords like “green energy”, “wind is free”, and “renewables will save the planet”.

Vested interests and unscrupulous politicians have hijacked the “Green” Agenda, causing unprecedented devastation throughout the world, notably when wind turbines are erected in migration corridors or protected habitats, killing rare species – as in Ontario (8).

Press articles testify to growing suspicions of corruption, and a book describes how (money) “bundlers” are working within the US administration, distributing favors to private interests: “Throw Them All Out” (9).

Infrasound emissions increase as wind turbines become larger, causing more wind farm victims. These are neither attended nor compensated. Also, e.g. in Turkey, property rights are being breached by bulldozers illegally entering private properties, or valuable land being expropriated outright in violation of the Constitution (10). State Council (High Court) orders to stop construction are not always implemented by local authorities (10). In Bodrum, residents had to remain on guard 24/7 carrying sticks to prevent construction workers entering their land. Yet many wind projects in Turkey are being actively supported by the German or Danish governments, and financed by the EBRD and/or the World Bank.

Residents globally suffer the brutality of windpower development. Take Mexico, where entire communities of indigenous populations from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec are taking to the streets to demonstrate against the invasion of their tribal lands by hundreds of unwanted wind turbines. Violence pits wind farm personnel against protesters, causing loss of life (11). Wind development caused more deaths in Guatemala and Kenya (12), and in Dongzhou, China, 20 protesters were killed by police firing into the crowd (13).

Ineffectiveness & cost caused the wind farm bubble to burst in Spain, Greece, Portugal & Italy. Richer countries like Denmark, Germany and the UK, are scaling back their support, as have China (14) and India. Others – Australia, Canada, France & Turkey, having entered the game belatedly, lurch ahead blindly, moved by a political agenda which may yet prove corrupt (15). Only the United States can maintain its misguided renewables’ policy after 30 years of wasteful subsidies – courtesy of its bonds and treasury bills remaining sought-after investments the world over, giving the U.S. the unique advantage of being able to print money at will.

None of this bodes well for the future of mankind. In a bid to assist decision making based on current realities, we respectfully urge you to consider the information herein provided. It’s just the “tip of the iceberg”, and we hold further evidence at your disposal. On behalf of those suffering now and in the future, we strongly recommend that G20 countries reassess their energy policies, starting with calling a moratorium.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736
Chairman, World Council for Nature – wcfn@live.com

Sherri Lange
CEO, NAPAW – kodaisl@rogers.com

Ghislaine Siguier
Présidente, Victimes des Éoliennes (Wind Farm Victims) – victimes.eolien@gmail.com


References:

(1) http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/26/gates_renewable_energy_cant_do_the_job_gov_should_switch_green_subsidies_into_rd/

(2) http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/most-influential/the-worlds-most-generous-charity-donors/

(3) http://canwea.ca/wind-energy/national/

(4) http://www.epaw.org/documents/List_of_concerned_health_practitioners_researchers_and_acousticians.pdf

(5) http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/us-windfarms-kill-10-20-times-more-than-previously-thought.html

(6) https://wcfn.org/2014/12/29/windfarm-contaminates-water/

(7) http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/analysis/big-winds-dirty-little-secret-rare-earth-minerals/

(8) http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/releases/abhorrent-conduct.html

(9) http://friends-against-wind.org/realities/windfarms-are-only-good-for-financing-political-parties

(10) https://wcfn.org/2015/09/29/dw-article-on-turkey/

(11) http://windsector.tumblr.com/post/12274662504/mexican-wind-standoff-turns-deadly

(12) http://stopthesethings.com/2015/02/28/the-wind-industrys-latest-killing-fields-africans-just-dying-to-save-the-planet/

(13) http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-12-09-china-village_x.htm
https://wcfn.org/2015/04/22/huge-wind-farm-corruption-scandal-in-spain/

(14) “the share of renewables in China’s energy mix is projected to only reach 17% by 2030 compared to 13% in 2010” http://irena.org/remap/IRENA_REmap_China_report_2014.pdf
One, just one of the reasons may be the poor quality of their wind turbines:
http://www.aweablog.org/a-pleasant-surprise-usa-not-china-is-1-in-wind-energy/

(15) https://wcfn.org/2015/04/22/huge-wind-farm-corruption-scandal-in-spain/

 
 
Turkish version of our letter: http://www.cesmeplatformu.org/g20ye-moratoryum-talebi/

French version of our letter:
https://conseilmondialpourlanature.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/des-ong-alertent-le-g20/

 
Our letter was also published by Principia Scientific International and by Canada Free Press, in French by Économie Matin, in Turkish by Enerji Magazin, and the Turkish Evrensel wrote an article about it.

 
 
 
 

Posted by: WCFN | September 20, 2015

VESTAS embarrassed


VESTAS Special Advisor apologizes to Dr Sarah Laurie


Ken McAlpine
Ken McAlpine



He sent a Tweet:

Ken McAlpine
‏@KenMcAlpine
I sincerely apologise for any harm I caused to Sarah Laurie for falsely claiming she was deregistered & not a Doctor.



You will note that he is no more a gentleman than the other offender, Professor Simon Chapman, writing as they both did: “Sarah Laurie” instead of “Dr Sarah Laurie”.

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Dr Sarah Laurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation.



He also wrote this public letter of apology:

CORRECTION AND APOLOGY FROM KEN MCALPINE TO SARAH LAURIE



I am a consultant Special Advisor to Vestas Australian Wind Technology Pty Ltd.

On 19 March 2014, I uploaded the following allegations on Twitter concerning Sarah Laurie:

NOT DROWNING, RANTING: Deregistered “Dr” Sarah Laurie doesn’t like the medicine dished up by @ama_media: waubrafoundaton.org.au/resources/open…



At the time that I uploaded the Tweet, I was employed by Vestas Australian Wind Technology Pty Ltd. The thrust of my allegations is that Sarah Laurie had given cause to the Medical Board of Australia to deregister her as a medical practitioner, on account of unprofessional conduct and that Sarah Laurie is not entitled to use the title “Dr”.

These allegations were made without foundation and are entirely false.

Sarah Laurie is not deregistered and has never been sanctioned by the Medical Board of Australia. I understand that Sarah Laurie allowed her registration as a medical practitioner to lapse for personal reasons; and, accordingly, does not currently practice as such. By reason of her academic qualifications, Sarah Laurie is entitled to use the title “Dr”.

I sincerely apologise to Sarah Laurie for the harm, embarrassment and distress caused by my allegations, which I unreservedly retract.

Ken McAlpine
Special Advisor, Public Affairs,
Vestas Australian Wind Technology Pty Ltd

Original document here

See also the apology of Professor Simon Chapman and comments from the Australian Senate



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Posted by: WCFN | August 23, 2015

Dr Sarah Laurie: doubly vindicated


The ill effects of wind farms on health are real


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Dr Sarah Laurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation



Dr Laurie has spent 5 years doing voluntary work to help windfarm victims, and others impacted by other sources of industrial noise in rural Australia, where she lives with her family. Also, as CEO of the Waubra Foundation, she has been promoting research into the effects of infrasound, low-frequency noise, and vibrations emitted by wind turbines and other sources. She is recognised worldwide as a leading expert in the harm done by wind turbines to people, and has been invited to testify in numerous parliamentary inquiries, courts and tribunals on various continents.

infrasound
Hypersensitivity to infrasound causes sleep deprivation,
headaches, nausea etc.



As a result of her hard work, generous heart, and uncompromised professional dedication, she enjoys the highest respect among the people who, around the world, do voluntary work to help the victims of wind turbines. But her very success in further raising the profile of the issue of infasound and low-frequency noise (ILFN) emitted by wind turbines has created her many enemies, among those making a living from the wind power business and related activists.


One of them was an Australian employee of Danish wind turbine manufacturer VESTAS, Ken McAlpine, author in March 2014 of a defamatory tweet which wrongly implied that Dr Laurie was no longer a doctor as a result of some professional misconduct causing her to be “deregistered”. He is not alone – Canadian based IBM employee Mike Barnard authored a document, published by the Energy and Policy Institute in 2014, which defames a number of health and acoustics experts, including Dr Laurie.


Simon Chapman, a sociologist, Professor of Public Health (sic) at the University of Sydney, is also on the list. He has been ridiculing and denigrating those suffering ill-health and exhaustion from the vicinity of wind turbines, and personally attacking doctors and acoustics professionals for over five years. Chapman was one of a number of people who retweeted the defamatory words of McAlpine. Others involved included a journalist from Fairfax Media, and an employee of Infigen Energy (formerly Babcock and Brown), owner and operator of wind power developments in Australia and the USA.

Simon Chapman
Simon Chapman, sociologist, Professor of Public Health (sic)



Chapman has been trying to discredit Dr Laurie and her work for years, thus helping the wind industry to keep selling their unsafe products. Time and again he denied the known adverse health effects of noise and infrasound emitted by wind turbines, and tried to destroy the reputations of those professionals who are sounding the alarm. Chapman has been the main proponent of the grotesque accusation that Dr Laurie is herself making people sick by speaking out about the health problems caused by wind turbines and by advocating for research and safer regulations (i.e. an alleged “nocebo effect” caused by “scaremongering”).


But the tables have turned. Dr Laurie has been vindicated. First by the Australian Senate. In its report issued on 3rd August 2015, at the end of the enquiry about wind farms, we find this:

2.21 The committee highlights the fact that Professor Chapman is not a qualified, registered nor experienced medical practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, acoustician, audiologist, physicist or engineer. Accordingly:

  • he has not medically assessed a single person suffering adverse health impacts from wind turbines;
  • his research work has been mainly—and perhaps solely—from an academic perspective without field studies;
  • his views have been heavily criticised by several independent medical and acoustic experts in the international community;
  • and many of his assertions do not withstand fact check analyses.”

This is followed by a number of paragraphs where Chapman’s allegations are rebutted one by one:
Read more: Senate’s Select Committee on Wind Turbines

Australian Senate



Senator Madigan commented: “(Chapman) is a person who is not lawfully permitted to conduct any form of medical research or study in relation to human health”.
And: “(his) undergraduate qualifications were in sociology and his PhD looked into the relationship between cigarette smoke and advertising”. *Click here for more*

Senator Madigan
Australian Senator John Madigan



Exposed by the Senate, the professor of public health is now in the hot seat. He had to make a public apology. First by a tweet which said: “I sincerely apologise to Sarah Laurie for retweeting the false statement that she was deregistered and not a doctor.”
Then by letter: “I sincerely apologise to Sarah Laurie for the harm, embarrassment and distress caused by my allegations, which I unreservedly retract.”
Read more: Simon Chapman apologizes to Dr Sarah Laurie


His apology, however, was less than gentlemanly: he chose not to address the victim of his smears as “Dr Laurie”. Yet, as pointed out by Graham Lloyd’s recent article in the Australian, Dr Laurie IS a medical doctor, even if she has offered not to use the title for her work with the Waubra Foundation. Otherwise patients would be calling for appointments.


Simon Chapman, to say the least, is not an asset for the wind industry, nor for his employer – the University of Sydney, or for any of the organizations who have irresponsibly adopted his biased nocebo claims, such as the Public Health Association of Australia, and the Climate and Health Alliance.


The World Council for Nature takes this occasion to praise Dr Sarah Laurie for her outstanding work, her courage and her abnegation. Few people in the world today deserve to be honored as much as she does.



Posted by: WCFN | June 17, 2015

Climate and the Pope


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The Pope embraces the hugely expensive renewable energies, which cause fuel poverty and unemployment.

See this two-minute video by an American think-tank, high-lighting the dreadful impact of “green” climate policies on the poor and the vulnerable: http://is.gd/Nxpo3U

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See also:


The Pope’s Climate Letter Urges ‘Dialogue with Everyone,’ So Why Did Vatican Single Out and Harass Us?

Read more:
“Our opinions were not only ignored, but we were scoffed at and demeaned by high-level Vatican officials “



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What Pope Francis should do to really help the poor, by Bjorn Lomborg

Read more:
“…today’s climate policies themselves have a cost, which predominantly hits the poor… Relying on expensive green energy sources like wind and solar power makes electricity pricier and less available for those who desperately need it.”



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