Environment

State government requirements in  planning for wind turbine complexes have a number of environmental requirements.  In many respects they are more demanding than the government's concerns about the impact on residents.

Obviously wind turbines affect the visual environment.  They also affect wild life, though industry propaganda tries to minimise the effects.

The tendency of wind turbines to chop up birds and bats is well known, because it is a bit hard to hide all the bodies around turbines.  However, there appears to have been at best limited research into the effects of turbine sonic emissions, including infrasound and low frequency sound, on wild life, stock and domestic animals.  The industry has fought hard to block, frustrate and misrepresent evidence on the adverse human health effects of wind turbine noise.  Yet it is very clear that some people are badly affected by it, including sound at frequencies below the normal range of human hearing.  These effects are not confined to structures in the ears.

It would be very odd if humans were the only mammals to be so affected.  After all, laboratory tests using other mammals are widespread in medicine to detect adverse effects likely to also harm humans.

Relevant information on environmental impacts will be accumulated here.