Close Proximity To A Wind Farm Could Effect You Physically
You may assume that the worst part about living uncomfortably close to a wind-far would be simply seeing it on a daily basis.
A constant blight on the landscape, for some this would be enough to ruin their life wherever they live.
There are, however, more serious implications to living on a farm than you might have been previously expected. Before you blindly accept the installation of a wind farm too close to your farm, consider the possible eventualities that could await you in your new life under the farm:
Your Pre-Existing Health Conditions Could Worsen
There have been reports, over the years since Wind Farms have been installed of the medical conditions, of those living near turbines, worsening. Back in 2012, Aileen Jackson, who had lived in the idyllic village of Uplawmoor, was shocked to discover that her neighbour was choosing to make the most of ‘renewable energy subsidies’ and erect a 64ft-high wind turbine that was effectively in her back garden.
However, the speedy planning and construction of the turbine wasn’t to be the last of her surprises. Diagnosed as a diabetic at the age of 19, Aileen soon discovered that her blood sugar levels began to soar higher than ever before, causing her to take even more insulin. As a result of this she developed a cataract.
This wasn’t to be the last of her family’s problems though. Her son Brian, previously an outgoing student, became reclusive and dropped out of college. To make matters worse, her husband’s blood pressure, which had usually been at a healthy level, began to sky rocket forcing him onto medication for the first time in his life.
Vibroacoustic Disease Could Affect You Mentally
You may have always considered Wind Farms as the silently, spinning friendly giants of the Environmentally friendly world. However, with blades that can rotate between 10 and 20 rotations per minute, the tips of these can move through the air at speeds up to 180 mph.
A common complaint of those living nearby wind farms is of the noise that they make. The noise that a wind turbine emits can vary from around 50 decibels (the sound of mid-sized microwave) all the way up 105 db (the sound of a lawnmower). These might sound like too much to deal with, but imagine dealing with 2 or 3 of these.
There have been medical conditions linked to working in loud environments, research has shown that those working near noises of more or equal to 90 db. Symptoms of the condition known as vibroacoustic disease can be presented clinically in the form of lesions in systems around the body, or mentally, with sufferers showing signs of cognitive impairment and stress-induced pathology.
Headaches and Stress from Shadow Flicker
Shadow flicker, a phenomena first documented in 2011, occurs when the sun is low in the sky causing a shadow to be projected a long distance from the turbine. This phenomenon is often not accounted for by planners of wind farms and can have serious implications on those affected by it.
Although the Department for Energy and Climate Change deemed the effects of shadow flicker to be insignificant, case studies have proven the opposite to be true. Whereas some campaigners have insisted that the effect can cause significant stress and even headaches.
This may sound extreme, but there is a grain of truth within it. A recent report published confirmed that shadow flicker has a significant effect on those living with it. It stated that those who are subjected to more than 30 hours a year should be able successfully apply for mitigation measures.