Jumbo Noise Problem: Africa’s Elephants Hate Thumping Droning Wind Turbine Noise

Thumping, grinding wind turbine noise has always been the elephant in the room for the wind industry. Now, it’s the elephants themselves who’ve signalled just how annoying low-frequency wind turbine noise is.

Renowned for their acutely sensitive hearing in the lower frequency register, the long-distance communication between Africa’s elephants is being drowned out by an increasing number of these things being plastered across the African savanna.

In its typically callous fashion, the African wind industry couldn’t care less.

Elephants aren’t alone in their hatred of wind turbine noise.

Wind turbine noise in Kansas disrupted the nesting patterns of Greater Prairie Chickens, which fled and abandoned their nests to escape the daily sonic torture these things generate: Wind Turbine Noise Causes Greater Prairie Chicken Run

Sonically sensitive bees are being wiped out en masse next to wind turbines operating in Korea: Beeline to Fury

And a study in Britain demonstrated that stressed-out badgers had also taken a sett against wind turbine noise; the cortisol levels of those living within 1 km of turbines were 264% higher than those living 10 km away: Wind in the Gallows: Study Shows Badgers Suffer Merciless Stress & Torment from Wind Turbine Noise & Vibration

So, if elephants, bees and badgers are driven mad by low-frequency wind turbine noise, it seems natural to expect that human beings might suffer in much the same way.

Here’s the story from South Africa on how elephants have become the wind industry’s latest victims.

Droning noise from E Cape wind farms – bad news for Addo elephants
Cape Talk
Pippa Hudson and Terry McKenzie-Hoy
18 May 2021

“It’s certain that the noise from the turbines will be heard by the elephants of Addo,” says acoustic engineer Terry McKenzie-Hoy.

Visitors to the Eastern Cape will notice wind farms sprouting up all over, particularly around Qheberha (Port Elizabeth).

These wind farm turbines emit low-frequency noise, inaudible to humans, but potentially damaging for the elephants of the Addo Elephant Park.

Pippa Hudson interviewed acoustic engineer Terry McKenzie-Hoy about his study into the impact of wind turbine noise on elephants and their communication.

McKenzie-Hoy was commissioned to look into the phenomenon ahead of the expansion of the existing farm at Bayview, which will consist of 43 turbines taller than any building in Cape Town.

The Bayview windfarm will be five kilometres from Addo’s boundary, easily within audible range.

Elephant sounds are very low frequency… They can hear up to 10 kilometres away… Elephant communication occurs at low frequencies… Rhinos, the same… It’s certain that the noise from the turbines will be heard by the elephants of Addo… Even motor vehicle engines can confuse elephants…

Terry McKenzie-Hoy, acoustic engineer

The wind farm people and the Department… don’t want to consider anything of this nature… It’s just left out!

Terry McKenzie-Hoy, acoustic engineer

I can’t name my client… an organisation that represents private game reserves… I’m not sure what happens next.

Terry McKenzie-Hoy, acoustic engineer

Listen to the entire interview here: https://omny.fm/shows/afternoons-with-pippa-hudson/on-the-couch-acoustic-engineer-sounds-the-alarm-ov

Cape Talk

Hello wind power. Goodbye Jumbo…

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  1. Peter Pronczak says:

    Prescience. In a now defunct 1972 MAD magazine, AU Super Special #77 is a four panel cartoon of a Ranger hammering up KENYA WILDLIFE PRESERVE DO NOT ANNOY THE ANIMALS signs on trees. The last panel has a very angry elephant chasing him. Most amusing but not for the animals.
    If I remember correctly STT had a post about ducks & other creatures suffering physical defects.

  2. Richard Mann says:

    Infra sound, low frequency sound below the threshold of hearing, has never been addressed.

    Wind turbines need to stop due to documented, ongoing, and cumulative health harm from infra sound.

    Please see the following talk,
    September 12, 2019. University of Waterloo.
    Mariana Alves-Pereira (Lisbon, Portugal). “Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise: Physics & Cells, History & Health”.

    Despite repeated attempts to contact government (Ontario, Canada), no one has responded to my requests.

  3. We need to study cult change.
    “psychologically healthy people understand that although we share many similarities with others, we also have many differences too (Siegel: 2009). Rather than being a bad thing though, understanding and appreciation of these similarities and differences leads to integration and harmony as opposed to conflict. Instead of promoting this idea of the self and others however, cults tend to assert that harmony can only exist via one way of living [only theirs] with any differentiation worthy of exile or isolation [we might also compare this to the virus cult]. The idea of the individual “self” is disregarded. Interpersonal value is only recognized after the individual has done away with their personal differences in favour of deriving their full identity from the group.” https://www.labroots.com/trending/neuroscience/15729/cults-change-brain

    Ten warning signs:
    1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
    2. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
    3. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
    4. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
    5. There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
    6. Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
    7. There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
    8. Followers feel they can never be “good enough.”
    9. The group/leader is always right.
    10. The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.

  4. RexAlan says:

    I keep saying to people I know that wind turbines are an absolute disaster to any wildlife in the area not to mention the number of birds and bats that are sliced and diced by these monstrosities. Plus that if they care and are true environmentalists they should be dead set against these stupid things. But all they can say is climate change, listen to the scientists and the 97% mantra. I’m so sick of it.

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