Study: Critical Attitude towards Wind Farms Favours Stress Perception of Local Residents

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Many of those affected had no interest in learning methods to cope with stress, which shows how difficult it is to change already established attitudes.

Official Press Release University of Halle:

How wind turbines annoy residents and how to reduce it

When falling asleep, relaxing or undertaking recreational activities, nearly a third of residents living near a wind farm are not at all annoyed or only slightly annoyed by the noise of wind turbines. One in ten people experience symptoms of stress, such as irritability or difficulty falling asleep.

However, noise is not the only problem for those affected, according to psychologists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in the current issue of the journal "Energy Policy". In particular, a critical attitude towards a wind farm stimulates the experience of stress. According to the study, a better information policy during the planning phase could help alleviate problems for residents. In their study, the environmental psychologists working with... ... More: Official Press Release University of Halle

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