ERIC Number: EJ932837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
The Noise from Wind Turbines: Potential Adverse Impacts on Children's Well-Being
Bronzaft, Arline L.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v31 n4 p291-295 Aug 2011
Research linking loud sounds to hearing loss in youngsters is now widespread, resulting in the issuance of warnings to protect children's hearing. However, studies attesting to the adverse effects of intrusive sounds and noise on children's overall mental and physical health and well-being have not received similar attention. This, despite the fact that many studies have demonstrated that intrusive noises such as those from passing road traffic, nearby rail systems, and overhead aircraft can adversely affect children's cardiovascular system, memory, language development, and learning acquisition. While some schools in the United States have received funds to abate intrusive aircraft noise, for example, many schools still expose children to noises from passing traffic and overhead aircraft. Discussion focuses on the harmful effects of noise on children, what has to be done to remedy the situation, and the need for action to lessen the impacts of noise from all sources. Furthermore, based on our knowledge of the harmful effects of noise on children's health and the growing body of evidence to suggest the potential harmful effects of industrial wind turbine noise, it is strongly urged that further studies be conducted on the impacts of industrial wind turbines on their health, as well as the health of their parents, before forging ahead in siting industrial wind turbines.
Descriptors: Evidence, Physical Health, Program Effectiveness, Human Body, Acoustics, Language Acquisition, Children, Well Being, Memory, Power Technology, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States