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AEI Special Report: Wind Energy Noise Impacts
Noise from industrial wind turbines causes problems for neighbors in perhaps 20% of wind farms. This report summarizes what is known about turbine noise, including atmospheric and other influences on noise propagation. Includes links to major research reports on the topic, and to government, industry, and NGO websites.

NIH: The effects of living in a noisy world - Comprehensive 2005 article from "Environnmental Health Perspectives", a journal from the US National Institute of Health. [READ ARTICLE] [SEE RELATED ARTICLES]

British Goverment Report on Low Frequency Noise - Long a bane of urban noise activists, low frequency noise is generated by many industrial activities, and has been linked to a range of health problems. Noise can range from clearly audible rumblings of exhaust fans or motors, to the mysterious "hums" that are heard by only a small proportion of the population. This report, released in 2003, is a survey of existing research on the causes and effects of low frequency noise. [READ REPORT(pdf)]

Report on Effects of Aircraft Noise from USAF Bases in Okinawa - Two US Air Force bases in Okanawa have created increasingly severe noise pollution over the past several decades. This report, by the Asahikawa Medical College, details effects including hearing loss, reduced birth weight in babies, impact on genreral health, and behavioral problems in children. [WEBSITE]

World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Noise Index - A collection of links to web sites dealing with the effects of noise. [WEBSITE]

Noise Pollution Clearinghouse - Effects of Highway Noise on Breeding Bird Populations - Summary of Dutch study [WEB PAGE]

Classroom Acoustics - Booklet published by the Technical Commitee on Noise of the ASA, available both as a web page and as a pdf. The intent of this publication is to create a supplemental resource for architects, educators, and school planners for use with new construction or renovation of learning environments. The publication is not intended to replace the services of a professional acoustical consultant. It is to be used as an aid in the understanding of the elements of desirable listening conditions in classrooms. [WEBPAGE] [DOWNLOAD BOOKLET(pdf)]

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