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Thorne, Robert
Wind Farm–Generated Noise and Adverse Health Effects
Submitted to the Senate Hearing on ‘Excessive Noise from Wind Farms’ Bill, 14 November 2012. Based on the results of the study it is argued that, when exposed to wind farm noise and wind turbine generated air pressure variations, some individuals will more likely than not be so affected that there is a known risk of serious harm (also termed ‘significant adverse effect’) to health. By ‘serious harm’ it is meant harm that is more than mere annoyance and that . . . Complete article »

Thorne, Robert; and Shepherd, Daniel
Wind turbine noise: why accurate prediction and measurement matter
ABSTRACT: On a decibel-for-decibel basis, wind turbine noise is commonly judged as significantly more problematic than most other community noise sources. As a relatively new source of community noise, however, methodological issues remain as to how wind farm noise should be measured, and how data should be collected to afford valid health assessments of turbine noise. Maintaining public health while ensuring that wind farm developments are not unnecessarily blocked has created a tension between the communities asked to host wind . . . Complete article »

Thorne, Robert
Assessing Intrusive Noise and Low Amplitude Sound
A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University Wellington Campus (New Zealand) ABSTRACT Annoyance due to relatively high levels of sound and noise, above 50 dB, has been well documented in noise assessment literature. The potential for annoyance or disturbance from low amplitude sound, below 50 dB to the threshold of an individual’s hearing, is not as well documented. The thesis . . . Complete article »

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