ERIC Number: EJ958191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
Literature Reviews on Wind Turbines and Health: Are They Enough?
Horner, Brett; Jeffery, Roy D.; Krogh, Carmen M. E.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v31 n5 p399-413 Oct 2011
Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) are a new source of community noise to which relatively few people have yet been exposed. IWTs are being erected at a rapid pace in proximity to human habitation. Some people report experiencing adverse health effects as a result of living in the environs of IWTs. In order to address public concerns and assess the plausibility of reported adverse health effects, a number of literature reviews have been commissioned by various organizations. This article explores some of the recent literature reviews on IWTs and adverse health effects. It considers the completeness, accuracy, and objectivity of their contents and conclusions. While some of the literature reviews provide a balanced assessment and draw reasonable scientific conclusions, others should not be relied on to make informed decisions. The article concludes that human health research is required to develop authoritative guidelines for the siting of IWTs in order to protect the health and welfare of exposed individuals.
Descriptors: Energy, Power Technology, Health, Acoustics, Environmental Influences, Literature Reviews, Accuracy, Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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