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245 00 Four Corners :|bAgainst the Wind. 
264 31 Australia :|bABC [broadcaster],|c2011 July 25 at 20:30:00.
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520    For some time now, some people living close to wind farms 
       have expressed concern that the noise from the turbines is
       affecting their health. They say the machines have 
       destroyed their lives, causing headaches, high blood 
       pressure and nausea. Four Corners goes to several wind-
       farming hot-spots across Australia to meet the people who 
       claim they are simply collateral damage as the nation 
       scrambles to embrace renewable energy. Stand next to a 
       wind turbine and you quickly realise these are a long way 
       from the old windmills that dotted rural Australia. 
       Standing as high as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with a 
       blade span of 60 metres, wind turbines respond to 
       consistent breezes to generate electricity. Right now wind
       delivers just two per cent of Australia's energy needs. 
       Now, with the Federal Government demanding that Australia 
       produces 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources,
       wind energy is becoming big business. Already there are 
       nearly 1100 wind turbines producing electricity across 
       Australia. If the government is to reach its renewable 
       energy target, that number will need to rise by up to 3,
       000 units. Key parts of the country have been ear-marked 
       for wind farm development. They are regions where weather 
       patterns dictate there will be consistent strong winds. 
       Already South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia 
       have seen major developments take place. New South Wales 
       is the next state where wind energy projects are being 
       planned. For some, these developments will offer big 
       financial rewards. Others close to proposed wind farm 
       sites are concerned about claims that wind farms are 
       making people ill. Waubra, in regional Victoria, is an 
       established wind farm location, with 128 turbines so far. 
       Four Corners spoke to several locals who claimed their 
       health had been harmed by the technology. One man told 
       reporter Andrew Fowler that the turbines cause headaches 
       that were so bad he had to relocate from his farm and move
       into town. In his view he's paying a terrible price: 
       "We're refugees in our own country. We're leaving here 
       because of danger, it's no set up or anything, we're being
       really harmed." But is there any scientific basis for 
       these claims? Some experts believe it's possible that low 
       frequency sounds, generated by the turbines but too low to
       be audible to the human ear, could have a health impact. 
       Others say that while people might be getting headaches, 
       it's unlikely their health is being affected by sound 
       waves: "If you whip up anxiety, people will generate many 
       of these symptoms. There's fear of the unknown, there's 
       activists creating concern among the population." And that
       raises one of the major questions in this debate: are 
       health concerns being exaggerated by activists who simply 
       don't want wind farms in their backyard? In part, the 
       answer can only come with more peer-reviewed research. A 
       recent Federal Government committee looking into health 
       concerns relating to wind turbines, found that it didn't 
       believe there was sufficient scientific research to make 
       clear connections between poor health and the turbines, 
       and that more research was needed. However, Four Corners 
       has now been made aware of new comparative research that 
       looks at health-related data for people living near wind 
       farms and those living away from them. The research is 
       sure to become a key source of information as local 
       communities, councils and governments make decisions about
       the location of wind farms in the future. 
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655  0 News and Current Affairs. 
655  7 Headache.|2fast 
655  7 Nausea.|2fast 
655  7 Noise pollution|xHealth aspects.|2fast 
655  7 Renewable energy sources|xResearch.|2fast 
655  7 Wind power plants|xEnvironmental aspects.|2fast 
700 1  O'Brien, Kerry,|ehost. 
700 1  Fowler, Andrew,|ereporter. 
700 1  Bell, Randall,|econtributor. 
700 1  Chapman, Simon,|econtributor. 
700 1  Clark, David,|econtributor. 
700 1  Dean, Noel,|econtributor. 
700 1  Diesendorf, Mark,|econtributor. 
700 1  Dreyfus, Mark,|econtributor. 
700 1  Gallagher, Kerryn,|econtributor. 
700 1  Gallagher, Lawrence,|econtributor. 
700 1  Gillard, Julia,|econtributor. 
700 1  Hodgson, Tony,|econtributor. 
700 1  Hood, Graeme,|econtributor. 
700 1  Laurie, Sarah,|econtributor. 
700 1  Mitchell, Peter,|econtributor. 
700 1  Siewert, Rachel,|econtributor. 
700 1  Stepnell, Carl,|econtributor. 
700 1  Stepnell, Samantha,|econtributor. 
700 1  Thomas, Donald,|econtributor. 
700 1  Thomson, Andrew,|econtributor. 
700 1  Wittert, Gary,|econtributor. 
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