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Resource Documents by McMurtry, Robert

Dumbrille, Anne; McMurtry, Robert; and Krogh, Carmen
Wind turbines and adverse health effects: Applying Bradford Hill’s criteria for causation 
Abstract – The weight of evidence indicates occurrences of adverse health effects (AHEs) from living and working near industrial wind turbines (IWTs). Descriptions of the AHEs being reported by those living or working near the turbines are similar. While these occurrences have been associated with exposure to audible and inaudible noise annoyance, the causation of reported wind turbine-associated health effects remains controversial. Establishing an argument of causation of adverse health outcomes has important clinical, scientific, and societal implications. Bradford Hill (BH) . . . Complete article »

McMurtry, Robert; and Krogh, Carmen
Response to McCunney et al: Wind turbines and health: an examination of a proposed case definition 
Some people living in the environs of industrial wind turbines (IWTs) report experiencing adverse health effects (AHE/IWT). Reported effects include annoyance, sleep disturbance, stress-related health impacts and reduced quality of life. In some cases, families have effectively abandoned their homes, been billeted by wind energy developers or have negotiated financial agreements with developers.[1] McMurtry and Krogh[2] presented Diagnostic criteria for adverse health effects in the environs of wind turbines to assist medical practitioners presented with patients reporting AHE/IWTs. Noise and . . . Complete article »

McMurtry, Robert; and Krogh, Carmen
Diagnostic criteria for adverse health effects in the environs of wind turbines 
Summary In an effort to address climate change, governments have pursued policies that seek to reduce greenhouse gases. Alternative energy, including wind power, has been proposed by some as the preferred approach. Few would debate the need to reduce air pollution, but the means of achieving this reduction is important not only for efficiency but also for health protection. The topic of adverse health effects in the environs of industrial wind turbines (AHE/IWT) has proven to be controversial and can . . . Complete article »

McMurtry, Robert
Commentary on work of Knopper and Ollson, consultants for Algonquin Power 
The first public meeting to describe the proposal for a 75 MW wind energy generating system on Amherst Island, dated December 2011, put forward a single document to address the potential adverse health impacts, a paper by Knopper and Ollson (2011) “Health effects and wind turbines: A review of the literature.” Other references have been added to the company website but no further document has been prepared in advance of the second public meetings to be held on March 5th and . . . Complete article »

McMurtry, Robert
McMurtry commentary on Chapman “nocebo” paper 
‘Spatio-temporal differences in the history of health and noise complaints about Australian wind farms: evidence for the psychogenic, “communicated disease” hypothesis.’ Pre-Print: submitted for publication. Chapman S et al. 15 March 2013 [download] This paper appears to require more vigorous editing or peer review in regards to its bibliography and many other elements (see below). The references are highly selective and appear to reflect a confirmation bias by referencing industry and their consultants sources while omitting more than 20 peer . . . Complete article »

McMurtry, Robert
No Safe Place: McMurtry on industrial wind 
1. People all over the world are reporting adverse health effects caused by wind turbines. 2. The adverse health effects which they report are serious. 3. There are no evidence-based guidelines for safe setbacks of wind turbines from homes. 4. Research is required. Our preliminary work suggests a minimum of 2 kilometres (2000 metres, 6,652 feet). The average setback from people who are reporting these adverse health effects is 880 metres (2,887 feet). Dr Robert McMurtry, Order of Canada, records . . . Complete article »

McMurtry, Robert
Deputation to the Standing Committee on General Government Regarding Bill C-150 
First permit me to express my appreciation to the Committee for permitting me to speak and submit this deputation. My presentation is in four parts: Regulations in Canada Low Frequency Noise and Wind Turbines Report of Adverse Health Events A Proposal Regulations in Canada Quite simply national regulations do not exist in Canada. According to a November 2008 letter from Morel Oprisan, (Deputy Director S&T, Renewable Energy Technologies, Government of Canada) in an electronic mail to Professor John Harrison (Queens . . . Complete article »

McMurtry, Robert
Industrial Wind Turbines – safe or sound? 
Deputation to the Municipality of Prince Edward County, November 23, 2008. Robert McMurtry is an Emeritus Professor from the Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario. He was a special advisor to the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. This brief deputation is in four parts: Regulations in Canada, Low Frequency Noise and Wind Turbines, Reports of Adverse Health Events, and A Proposal: “When uncertainty exists and the health and well-being of people are potentially . . . Complete article »

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