Posted by: WCFN | January 17, 2017

SAM – Scribe : pricing

Price list and other information

about the full-spectrum sound recording kit for wind turbine victims



Due to the large number of response from across the world, it has become necessary to create this generic reply.

SAM Scribe Mk2 is the most recent product in a project that started back in 1998. So far, in excess of 100,000 person-hours have been spend on developing the methodology and associated instrumentation.

SAM Scribe Mk2 is the most recent development and is now being offered for international sale.

The first commercial production run of SAM Scribe Mk2 will begin in February, 2017. This production run will be of a limited number of units as the production process is developed. Each Scribe is hand assembled and tested at every stage of production. The microphones are similarly manufactured by Atkinson & Rapley and we hope to issue a calibration certificate with each pair in the near future. Calibration equipment is currently on order.

If you are interested to obtain one of the first SAM Scribe Mk2s, please register your interest by contacting Atkinson & Rapley Consulting Ltd at

If you decide to purchase a unit, then you need to pay the full cost, including freight to your location, before the unit can be exported. Delivery takes between 14 – 28 days, depending on location.

The payment method is direct transfer to our New Zealand bank account. Please request details and these will be sent to you when you are ready to purchase. Your local bank can easily arrange such international transfers. We trade in New Zealand, Australian, Canadian and American dollars and Euros. The price list (click here) shows the cost for each category and country.

Customers who pay up front will take priority for the first production run.

If you have any further queries, please contact Atkinson & Rapley Consulting Ltd at

Information is available on the SAM technology and its success todate on our website here:   The site will be updated within 10 days.

More details regarding the Citizen Science Initiative will be available soon.



Posted by: WCFN | January 14, 2017

SAM – Scribe


A full-spectrum sound recording kit
for wind turbine victims

(cliques ici pour la traduction française, protégée par des droits d’auteur)



January 13, 2017

As a result of increasing noise pollution from industry, in particular low-frequency noise and infrasound, and the failure of the current acoustical strategy (based on the anachronistic A-Frequency Weighting) to deal with the issues of public noise complaints, Atkinson & Rapley Consulting Ltd., in collaboration with Astute Engineering and ESP Australia, and collaboration and support from the Waubra Foundation, embarked on the development of an affordable technology that could be purchased by non-specialists, allowing them to record and analyse soundscapes with laboratory-accuracy.

By putting the power of recording and analysing soundscapes within reach of the average consumer, a new methodology has been developed: the Citizen Science Initiative on Acoustic Characterisation of Human Environments (CSI-ACHE), to gather evidence on the impacts of industrial noise on people.

In August 2016, Atkinson & Rapley, launched the first, broad-spectrum, stereo, USB recording interface with custom microphones – Scribe. The system comes complete with broad-spectrum recording software for any Windows-based personal computer.

Capable of recording sound in the frequency range of 0.1 to 20,000 Hz, Scribe constitutes a new era in environmental soundscape monitoring.

After the successful release of the Scribe Scribe Mk1 in Australia in 2016, and its subsequent successful field trials in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, an enhanced Mk 2 system was put on the drawing board.

The Scribe Mk 2 is scheduled for public release in February 2017.

The unit will be available as a full-spectrum, environmental sound recording kit including: stereo USB sound card, twin custom microphones, two wind shields, cables, GPS receiver, a notebook computer with acquisition/recording software and a security HASP (dongle).

Noise-impacted residents may request a special price and will be encouraged to join the Citizen Science Initiative – CSI, to share their data for scientific research purposes. Conditions apply – please enquire.

Preorders are now being accepted for February 2017 production. Contact for more information. A brochure follows this press release – see on pages 2, 3 and 4, here.

Signed :


Posted by: WCFN | December 13, 2016

Windfarms affect children

NOISE: a startling case of two schools in proximity to wind turbines

Dear Mme Héroux, I should be grateful if you would ensure that this report reaches the ladies and gentlemen of the panel reviewing the WHO’s noise guidelines for Europe.

In an effort to assist a society in danger, I feel obligated to make this case public. I am employed in schools within a rural area. The projects I am involved in run throughout the school year. I hope it will be understood why I cannot reveal names and locations. Sadly, I must protect myself against the professional consequences which could result from a fully detailed testimony.

During the past two years, I have worked in a school located 5 km to the east of a small wind farm, whose elevation is about 300 feet above that of the establishment. Most of the time, the school is downwind from the 2 MW wind turbines. In 2014/2015, I worked with the kindergarten consisting of 20 children aged 2.5 to 5 years of age. I’ve been engaged in this work for a long time, and I know the region and its people very well.

I was surprised how hard it was to manage this class of very young children. Actually, the teacher would systematically divide the class into two groups of 10, although I usually have no problems working with whole classes. Nonetheless, I found it hard to maintain the concentration of many of these children. In addition, a lot of pupils exhibited unusual and completely improper behaviour, which was violent and disruptive. I had rarely encountered this before with children of that age group, and never in such proportions. I did not understand why at first. It wasn’t the teacher’s fault: he was kind and rigorous at the same time, which is perfect for such small children.

During the second school year, I was again assigned to that school, but this time in two classes: the kindergarten divided into two groups, and a class with children aged 6 to 7.

This second class was absolutely unmanageable during the five first sessions. Its experienced teacher commented to me it was like that most of the time, he just could not handle those children. Yet again, nothing was wrong with the teacher. Several children seemed to be extremely ill at ease, a feeling shared by the teacher. There were instances of fits, outbursts of rage, rolling on the floor, knocking tables over and provoking each other into violent behaviour. The teacher was losing confidence and was also beginning to feel ill himself, on one occasion coming very close to a burn-out. The tiredness etched upon his face reflected his struggles. It should be noted that he also had problems with his memory, and it was becoming obvious that the children’s behaviour was not the only cause of his troubles, but that the location as well was a highly plausible culprit.

I soon made the connection with the wind turbines, because this behaviour reminded me of two children I had worked with a couple of years ago: they lived 800 yards from a wind farm. Having realised that, I started to check on the wind direction every time I drove to the school, when passing the wind turbines which in any event can be seen from the village.

From the start of the 6th session the change was dramatic: this class was the most peaceful I had ever taught. The children were remarkably calm and took part in the experiments in a very constructive way, intervening advisedly, all without pushing and shoving or fighting. Notably, the wind was blowing from the east, from the village to the wind farm, not the other way around as it did previously. I informed the teacher about my observation.

Some time later, having worked during the morning in the kindergarten, I was having lunch with their teacher in the classroom before going to another school. At noon, he was called by his third colleague. The 6-7 year olds’ teacher had left the school in tears, after a horrible morning spent with his pupils who had behaved particularly violently and unbearably. While we were eating, we stopped talking for a moment. This is when I felt the school vibrating, as if a lorry were passing on the country road 300 feet away. This vibration however, did not cease. In fact, the whole school was vibrating strongly, and we listened to that humming sound for a long moment. We opened the window, but there was no noticeable source of noise outside. It wasn’t the air extraction fan either, for we could hear its less obtrusive noise separately.

The classrooms had probably been vibrating during the whole morning, but this had been covered by the background noise of our activities. There is therefore very good reason to believe that this could have been the cause of the particularly strong malaise felt in the disruptive class of 6-7 year olds during the morning. That particular room faces the wind turbines and clearly acts as a sound box. The two other classrooms are more protected, but that didn’t prevent us from hearing strong vibrations in the kindergarten room, situated at the back of the building. The teacher of that class had also heard the noise very well. It is important to note that a sustained wind had been blowing from the direction of the wind turbines for several days.

The children all live in villages situated below the wind turbines, and were born after the construction of the wind farm. I recently met the mother of one of the children. She told me about the problems caused by the highly excitable nature of her two children and their classmates. She didn’t know what to do, so she had called a woman who claimed to be able to ‘demagnetise‘ her children. She also had special EMF electricity outlets installed. When I told her about my observations, her face immediately lit up and her comment was: « it’s quite possible ! »

I had worked previously in the same school, in the same conditions and within its ancient building before the turbines were built. I retain happy memories of these times.

I have also worked, twice, in another school, located 2 km west from a similar wind farm. First it was before the wind project was built, and I had found the children to be quick-witted, with many brilliant pupils among them, one being even recognised as exceptionally gifted. The second time around, it happened 4 and 5 years after the erection of the turbines. This was a part-time job which lasted 18 months, with 8-10 year olds.

When I took that assignment, I found that a very large proportion of the pupils had special education needs, a large number of them bound to low attainment, and many had learning disabilities officially recognised (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia etc.). Out of a class of 25 pupils, not a single one was considered brilliant. The same problems could be found in the second class, again with no children obtaining high grades. Given the high pedagogical quality of the teachers (they were the same as before the wind turbines), the eventual social problems of some of the children (not more than anywhere else) couldn’t justify the massive failure in this primary level schooling.

I thought this failure might have been caused by EMF pollution from permanent WIFI signals, and the faint natural light in the classes. But it was the same as years ago, and the same in other schools, where I had met numerous brilliant children. Again, the only difference here was the wind farm’s proximity.

Unlike the first school, and considering the prevailing westerly winds, this one was located upwind from the turbines, and at the same altitude. The children here didn’t exhibit the same violent temperaments and behaviour as those described earlier in the first case, or as the two children living 800 yards from wind turbines. On the contrary, this was a very peaceful class, almost lifeless, lacking in concentration, vitality and reactivity, with poor oral participation. A large proportion of children exhibited serious learning difficulties. In addition, when working in that school I became dizzy whenever rising from my desk, or when leaning over a child and straightening up. Here again, I thought the WI-FI was the cause (in fact it could have contributed some).

Comparing the two schools, the first one is located downwind about 300 feet below and 5 km away from wind turbines, with pupils born after these were erected, living in homes in much the same topographical situation as the school. They exhibit severe behaviour outbursts when the wind blows from the direction of the turbines.

In the second case we have a school located upwind, 2 km from another wind farm and at roughly the same elevation as its turbines, with pupils born before the construction of the wind farm, living in the same village as the school. A high proportion of them have severe learning difficulties which didn’t exist in that school before the wind turbines.

As the inquiry is about ambient noise, generally speaking, I also wish to report the harm done by air extraction fans and milking robots, which have invaded our farms. Contrary to the earlier milking machines, they don’t only work 2 x 2 hours a day, but keep humming around the clock, causing health problems to cattle and humans alike. This is not counting with the heat pumps. Actually, sources of infrasound are springing up everywhere. And although out of topic, please allow me to briefly mention the digital boards, the operation of which requires teachers to close the blinds, thus depriving a whole generation of children of natural light for a large proportion of their school day. In short, in an increasing number of schools, all these negative impacts on health add up. But clearly, from my experience as summarised above, wind turbines are responsible for the most harmful impacts.

I hope my testimony will enable you to write directives that will protect our children from these most harmful effects. I did not sign it, because too many “politically-incorrect“ whistle-blowers have lost their jobs, which is something, you will appreciate, myself and my family cannot possibly risk or afford. Only authorised persons in very senior positions know my identity. This report is, therefore, only anonymous with regard to its release into the public domain.

I should be grateful for confirmation of receipt of this letter.


Signature: identity legitimately withheld (see last paragraph above)

Read also: wind turbines: effects on animals

Posted by: WCFN | October 16, 2016

Open letter to the WHO


(traduction française ici)

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


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


(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.

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

(2) –

(3) –

Original in French:

(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):

Here is another:

(5) – Links to:

 The Waubra Foundation

National Wind Watch

Friends Against Wind

(6) – Testimonies:

– testimonies in English (from EU and US)

– more testimonies, in French

– more testimonies, in German

– more: victims from Ontario, Canada

– an important affidavit, in German

– Falmouth, USA: 61 testimonies accepted by board of health at a public hearing

– Poland: a victim writes to other victims 

– Germany: a webpage dedicated to victims of sound

– France, Belgium, Switzerland: letters to the authorities from the platform Victims of Wind Turbines

– France: testimony from a physician about a two long-term victims, which prompted the letter from Mrs Héroux

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

see also here:
(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








Wind turbines cause chronic stress in badgers –
Journal of Wildlife Diseases July 2016

Wind turbines and pigs – article from Annals of Animal Science | October 2015

Yann Joly, France, sues windfarm owner in the amount of €350,000 for making his dairy cows sick. Voice of America reports in a video:

More about this case: (subtitled video)

Ludovic Ossedat – Allier, France – complains that milk quality goes down when the wind turbines are spinning. 


Background research on infrasound:  peer-reviewed studies as published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:
Infrasound may cause damage to the central nervous system through the Ca²⁺‑mediated apoptotic pathway in hippocampal neurons.
Infrasound can cause impairment of learning and memory.
Infrasound can cause avoidance reactions (fleeing) in salmons.
Infrasound can induce oxidative damage in rat cardiomyocytes by inactivating PPAR-γ.
Some adverse effects of raising geese close to wind turbines.
Infrasound at 2 and 6 Hz stimulates bacteria proliferation, but inhibits at it 4, 8, and 10 Hz.
Evidence that glial cell-expressed TRPV4 is a potential key factor responsible for infrasound-induced neuronal impairment.
Epigallocatechin gallate can be used as a promising drug for the treatment of infrasound-induced central nervous system damage.
Infrasound promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.
Infrasound can enhance the chemotherapeutic effects of cisplatin in a clinical setting.
Tractors should be tested re: infrasonic noise levels.
Chicken are more sensitive to infrasound than humans, even more than the homing pigeon.
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:

Link to the resulting scientific paper:

And here is evidence of the dishonest maneuvers which allowed governments world wide to pretend there was nothing wrong with wind turbines:

Some of the peer-reviewed studies proving a problem does exist:

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:   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


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:


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

World Council for Nature

Press Release
13 October 2015



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.


Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736
Chairman, World Council for Nature



Posted by: WCFN | October 2, 2015

NGOs alert G20 countries


World Council for Nature

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 –

Sherri Lange

Ghislaine Siguier
Présidente, Victimes des Éoliennes (Wind Farm Victims) –















(14) “the share of renewables in China’s energy mix is projected to only reach 17% by 2030 compared to 13% in 2010”
One, just one of the reasons may be the poor quality of their wind turbines:


Turkish version of our letter:

French version of our letter:

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.


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