Eco-Fearology in the Anthropocene

Thongchai Thailand

SHOWN ABOVE IS THE DESCENT OF THE PLANET FROM ITS PRISTINE PRIMEVAL CONDITION TO ITS HELLISH END IN THE ANTHROPOCENE. THE FOUR STAGES OF DESCENT ARE SHOWN AS (1) THE ARRIVAL OF HUMANS, (2) THE NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION WHEN THE RELATIVELY HARMLESS HUNTER-GATHERERS SETTLED, CLEARED FORESTS, BUILT HOMES, AND BEGAN SETTLED AGRICULTURE, (3) THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION WHEN THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELED MACHINES AND THE RISE OF CAPITALISM VAULTED MAN INTO HIS OWN GEOLOGICAL EPOCH CALLED THE ANTHROPOCENE, AND (4) THE FULLY FOSSIL FUELED ECONOMY.

  1. A clean and pure pristine primeval planet earth existed for a billion years in natural perfection, wholeness, and wholesomeness – unpolluted, untainted, untarnished and uncorrupted in the perfection of the harmony of nature. The geology, biology, and climatology were in a state of perfection. The climate was stable and unchanging with no extreme weather. Living creatures both plants and animals lived in peace and…

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Australian Court Finds Wind Turbine Noise Exposure a ‘Pathway to Disease’: Waubra Foundation Vindicated

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Sarah Laurie’s tireless efforts entirely vindicated by the AAT.

In a World first, Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has declared that the “noise annoyance” caused by wind turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound “is a plausible pathway to disease” based on the “established association between noise annoyance and some diseases, including hypertension and cardiovascular disease, possibly mediated in part by disturbed sleep and/or psychological stress/distress.”

The AAT also held that “The dB(A) weighting system is not designed to measure [wind turbine noise], and is not an appropriate way of measuring it.”

The dB(A) weighting system is the basis of every wind turbine noise guideline in operation around the world.

The AAT’s finding means that every one of those noise guidelines is premised on an acoustic nonsense and, therefore, entirely irrelevant.

The decision, which we deal with below, came at a time when Australia’s self-appointed wind turbine noise health ‘expert’, Simon…

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Pointless Part-Time Power: Germany’s Readily Available Wind Power Capacity Less Than 1% of Total Installed Capacity

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Zephyr in a thimble: total German wind power
output March 2011 to October 2017.

When it comes to actually delivering wind power, the real and the ideal are a gulf apart. In Australia, the average capacity factor (the ratio between actual output and nominal capacity) is just on 28% across the Eastern Grid, where 1,800 turbines with a total capacity of 5,100 MW have been speared across four states.

Actual output depends, of course, on the attitude of the Wind Gods, on any given day. Then there’s mechanical failures, maintenance and downtime, which increases pretty rapidly as these things age.

In Germany, the total number of turbines is pushing 30,000, with a total capacity of 56,000 MW. However, it turns out that those thousands of units are rarely available, at all.

The Truth About Wind Energy: The Readily Available Wind Power Capacity in Germany is Less Than One Percent of…

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