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Australia Is Investigating ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome,’ Which Probably Isn’t Real

No direct evidence has been found to prove the disease exists.

A wind farm in the state of Victoria in Australia. (Photo: Jorge Láscar/CC BY 2.0)

Wind turbine syndrome probably isn’t real.

But that’s not going to stop Australia from spending $2.5 million to, they say, find out for sure. 

People who claim to suffer from the syndrome experience spells of dizziness, have trouble sleeping, and get painful headaches. But most scientists and doctors—as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—do not recognize the disease, calling it a psychosomatic disorder at best. 

But Australia, it seems, isn’t convinced, announcing Tuesday that they will award more money to to study the disease over the next five years. 

The new investigation into wind turbine syndrome follows an Australian study from last year that concluded there was “no direct evidence” tying wind farms with any changes in health.

Disease or not, it hasn’t stopped Australia’s rapid move into wind power, which now accounts for around four percent of all electricity in the country. Situated in the path of the Roaring Forties, Australia has some of the best wind resources in the world.