People Worrying Themselves Sick About Wind Farms

A new book entitled ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease’, concludes that people are worrying themselves sick about the perceived health effects of wind farms. The publication, by Professor Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, and Dr. Fiona Crichton, find that “wind turbine syndrome” shows all the hallmarks of a communicated disease: that is, an illness that is spread by people talking and writing about it. 

As governments around the world look for ways to curb fossil fuel emissions, more and more countries are adopting renewable energy sources. Wind power is one of the cheapest sources of renewable energy, and windfarms are often looked to as a solution. While generally welcomed in rural communities, there have been claims that wind turbines are responsible for a range of health problems. At last count, an astonishing 247 symptoms had been attributed to wind turbines, from back pain and accelerated ageing to herpes and multiple sclerosis. Repeated reviews of the scientific evidence have found no grounds for these claims, yet they have continued to spread in some communities.

In 'Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease', Simon Chapman and Fiona Crichton explore the claims and tactics of the anti-windfarm movement, examine the scientific evidence, and consider how best to respond to anti-windfarm arguments. This is an eye-opening account of the rise of the anti-windfarm movement, and a timely call for a more evidence-based approach.

The book can be downloaded as a PDF from the following link:

https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/2123/17600/1/9781743324998_Wind-turbine-syndrome_online-pdf.pdf

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