Wind farms are not harmful to health: NHMRC

The analysis of existing research concluded “there is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms directly cause adverse health effects in humans”.

Released yesterday as part of a draft information paper for public comment, the report said close proximity to wind farms could cause annoyance, and to a lesser extent sleep disturbance, but other unrelated factors could not be ruled out.

“The poor quality of the studies from which this evidence came, however, meant that selection and information bias and confounding were possible explanations for the associations observed,” the authors said. 

“Therefore even though there was support for some of these associations in studies of effects of noise from other sources, NHMRC could not conclude that exposure to wind farm noise causes annoyance, sleep disturbance or poorer quality of life.”

CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the lack of quality evidence meant further