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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 71  |  Page : 208--212

Factoid forensics: Have DQmore than 40DQ Australian families abandoned their homes because of wind farm noise?

Simon Chapman 
 School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Simon Chapman
School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Australia

Anti-wind farm activists repeatedly claim that families said to be adversely affected by noise from wind turbines DQabandonDQ their homes. In Australia, a claim of DQmore than 40 familiesDQ has been made by a prominent anti-wind farm activist. Six sources (parliamentary submissions, media reports, an anti-wind farm website, wind industry sources, correspondence with known anti-wind farm activists and with three politicians opposed to wind farms) were used to find evidence of home DQabandonments.DQ Claims about 12 Australian households permanently (n = 10) or periodically (n = 2) leaving their homes were found. However, no house appears to have been permanently DQabandonedDQ without sale, as the expression implies. These 12 cases need contextualizing against considerations that several of those involved were either dedicated activists against wind farms from times sometimes pre-dating their construction, were engaged in protracted negotiations for home purchase with wind companies, had pre-existing health problems, grievances with the wind company over employment or had left the area for unrelated reasons of employment elsewhere. The statement that DQmore than 40DQ houses have been DQabandonedDQ because of wind turbines in Australia is a factoid promoted by wind farm opponents for dramatic, rhetorical impact. Other considerations are often involved in abandonment unrelated to the claims made about wind farm noise.


How to cite this article:
Chapman S. Factoid forensics: Have "more than 40" Australian families abandoned their homes because of wind farm noise?.Noise Health 2014;16:208-212


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Chapman S. Factoid forensics: Have "more than 40" Australian families abandoned their homes because of wind farm noise?. Noise Health [serial online] 2014 [cited 2023 Mar 30 ];16:208-212
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