Welcome to the Highlands

Welcome to the Highlands, the land of  sparkling Burns, The Heather hughed Glens, High Mountains where the Eagles soar, a land of Deer and Salmon, Kilts and Pipes. The Corbetts, the Grahams and the Monros. A place to revitalise the Spirit and the Soul. This is a land of proud people, people that will give any man the time of day.

But today a certain sadness pervades all. In a desperate drive for fame our politicians have sold Scotland and its wild places to the lowest bidder. The march of the wind factories is heard in the Glens. Tourism for Scotland is dead. Our way of life crushed beneath the greed of mostly foreign adventurers and aided by our Government and Planners.

This is the opportunity for all you to have your say and perhaps we will save something for our children.

The first great requisite of motive power is; that it shall be wholly at our command, to be exerted when, and where, and in what degree we desire.The wind, for instance, as a direct motive power, is wholly inapplicable to a system of machine labour, for during a calm season the whole business of the country would be thrown out of gear.

William Stanley Jevons (1865)

“God never made an ugly landscape. All that sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.”

— John Muir

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

— John Muir

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Scottish Wind Power Company Attempts to Cover Up Turbine Collapse


For their eyes only: another ‘rare’ turbine collapse.


What’s notable about this story is not that a 160 tonne turbine collapsed without warning, nor is it the effort by the wind power outfit’s spin doctor to pretend that this is the first time a 90m tower has taken a tumble to terra firma (a line we demolish, so to speak, below).

No, what is remarkable is their effort to keep a lid on the collapse, only acknowledging it 7 days after the event, and then only because neighbours kicked up a stink.

Safety probe launched after collapse of 480-foot wind turbine in Ayrshire
Daily Record
Stephen Housten
29 January 2017

ENERGY chiefs have launched an urgent probe following the collapse of the 160-ton turbine.

The catastrophic collapse of a giant wind turbine is being investigated.

A 480-foot high turbine came down in a storm – only the second windmill…

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The Future

Well this says what we already knew and I could have told them for a fraction of the cost of this report. Successive Governments and a failed Climate policy have buggered the electricity industry. But don’t worry, the future is rosy? The recommendation is to form a new Energy Commission. Sounds more like an episode of ‘Yes, Minister’. I have no doubt that they will include an SNP diehard and a selection of representatives from WWF, the Renewables Industry and the BBC Trust. The chance that they might appoint a number of people who actually understand the industry would be a miracle and miracles and politics don’t mix. Cock-ups and politics are more likely outcomes.

Anyway you might enjoy this report from Frank Hay.

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The House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs has now published its report entitled ‘The Price of Power: Reforming the Electricity Market’.

The Committee examined the impact of the policies of successive governments on the electricity market. In its report the Committee identifies two key failures in the current market: the narrow amount of spare capacity, particularly in winter, and the rising cost of electricity to consumers and businesses. The Committee concludes that constant intervention by successive Governments in the electricity sector has led to a complicated, uncompetitive market that is failing consumers and businesses. The Committee highlights:
Domestic electricity bills in Britain have gone from being second cheapest in Europe in the mid-2000s to the seventh cheapest today. Decarbonisation policies accounted for around 10% of the average domestic bill in 2013.
Industrial electricity prices in Britain are amongst the highest in Europe. The Government has taken steps to compensate some energy-intensive industries, but it still estimates 13% electricity costs after compensation relate to decarbonisation.
The growth of renewable energy, supported by contracts that guarantee a given price for a fixed period, has left the UK facing a possible shortage of capacity as private investors have not been willing to build new conventional power plants.
The UK’s capacity margin is narrow. The Government introduced the Capacity Market in an attempt to reintroduce competition into the electricity sector. However, it is still struggling to procure new power stations.

In order to address the failures in the energy market the Committee recommends the Government should:

1) Ensure that security of supply is always the first and most important consideration in energy policy. Affordability and decarbonisation must not be prioritised ahead of security.
2) Ensure that decarbonisation is achieved at the lowest cost to consumers. This may mean waiting for the development of new technologies which can reduce emissions. The Government should make sure that the pace of reductions is flexible and not a rigid path to be achieved at all costs.
3) Reduce and remove Government interventions in the market. The best way to do this would be to ensure that electricity generating capacity is secured through a single, technology-neutral, competitive auction for electricity supply. This auction would ensure that consumers are paying the lowest prices for low-carbon electricity.
4) Establish an Energy Commission to provide greater scrutiny of energy policy decisions. This independent advisory body would report to the Secretary of State and advise on the best way for all the objectives of energy policy to be delivered.
5) Create a world-class National Energy Research Centre which would search for new methods of producing cheap, clean energy and translate them into commercial applications.
6) In the light of the uncertainties remain about the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station deal, outline its ‘Plan B’ in the event the project is delayed or cannot produce the anticipated power.

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Not the best start of the year for the Wind Industry

First the erection of a Turbine Blade in Hull, City of Culture, proves a bit of an own goal when it turns out they have no planning permission. Excuse is the ‘Artist’ wished it to be a surprise? OK so I am going to build a waste incinerator in the centre of Inverness but I am an artist and I want to surprise everyone. That is what planning rules are for. If we all ignore them under the excuse of art we end up with chaos. I fail to see what is art in a massive turbine blade which are manufactured in their hundreds of thousands. May as well put a mars bar on a pedestal in Hull as a cultural image. At least it would have some practical use. Some vagrant could eat it.


Hot on the heals of one fiasco we have the Gamesa Turbine at Scottish Powers Kilgallioch wind farm collapsing under high winds. Apparently it is being looked into why it failed. Could it have anything to do with the wind blowing rather strongly?  Looks like Gamesa and Kilgallioch are jinxed so perhaps they should just give up and go home. Fat chance of that though.

Now we have an interesting situation in the USA with an anti wind farm, anti Climate Change President in power. Like him or loathe him President Donald John Trump is going to ruffle feathers. I think the Renewables Industry is in for a rough ride in the states and without the protection of the government I suspect class actions will become the norm. More than one company is likely to be taken to the cleaners over there and the punitive costs levied on companies in the US system will have an impact on those companies operations in the UK.

As I say, not a great start to the year for the windies!

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When will they grow up?

We see Fracking demonstrations and those of the Climate Agenda. The Film Star Prius purchasers who jet around the world in their private aircraft. The Reality of the world is quite simple. Without coal and oil we would have no plastics, few drugs and few of the necessities of urban dwellers.  Simple message is Grow UP!


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Merry Christmas to you all!


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Raw deal for Green House Gases

Firstly I am not, and never will be an expert on Climate, Green House Gases, Meteorology or Marine Sciences. However I have a devout dislike of computer models on the basis of rubbish in, rubbish out. However I am happy to present information from people far more learned than myself! – Editor


I ask people – greenhouse gasses are bad for you, RIGHT? Most people when asked say yes. Next question – what is the most abundant greenhouse gas? Every time I get CO2. Water vapour or clouds is the right answer. Water vapour is the most significant greenhouse gas source and is responsible for roughly 96% of all greenhouse gasses. Without our greenhouse gasses we would be like the Moon. Greenhouse gasses keep us warm and protect us from dangerous x-rays, gamma rays, solar flares and solar winds. This is well known among climatologists and is common knowledge, but among special interests, certain governmental groups, and news reporters this is under-emphasized or just ignored altogether.
CO2 is under 1% of all natural and manmade greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Of that one percent manmade CO2 makes up roughly four one hundredths of a percent. Half of the CO2 that comes from natural sources like volcanos or decay goes into the ocean and feeds the plankton to make half of our oxygen, and most of the rest feeds all the plants in the world with the help of photosynthesis that also gives us our oxygen. CO2 is good for life and at 400 parts per million is at one of its lowest levels in global history. Early man breathed 3000 parts per million and people that go down in submarines breath 8000 parts per million or more and they have their hand on the nuclear button.
This is only a small part of the complex climate science issue and as a duel citizen I voted for Trudeau – Hillary Clinton and do not watch Fox news.
Professor of creative studies retired Bob Evermon – Chairman ecology society 60s and worldwide member of the International Program on Climate Change (IPCC) 2009

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This goes to prove that the Climate Mantra has been lead by fools.


The IPCC lead the charge to Climate Mania driven by blaming human behaviour. And yet in this from the IPCC proves that it is not definable.

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‘Tis the Season of Goodwill to all Mankind (excluding wind weasels)


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
As Saint Nick hit the turbine a horrible crash.

                                                       John Curtis 2016 (with apologies to Clement Clark Moore)

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Pass the Champagne


I like it and the best use for turbines I’ve seen in years. Ten tons payload and two weeks duration. Ok it doesn’t go very fast but either delivering aid to disaster areas or cruising in style it appeals to me. Just imagine how many bottles of champagne and helpings of foie gras could be loaded on board to cruise the Alps, the Norwegian Fijords or even the Scottish Highlands. I can even think of a couple of Munros you could land on for a picnic. Luxury flying ended with Concorde but this could be a return to the Clippers of the past where those wealthy enough could travel in style and take their time to enjoy the trip. Not two hours in a crowded Heathrow followed by little bed pods. I once flew in the Goodyear airship and cane chairs, the ability to walk around and to stop for anything of interest Captained by a character fresh from Jules Verne with a control system very reminiscent of those stories was an experience that has lived with me for decades. Bring it on Airlander and bring the fun back into International travel!


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The Electric car – When will we make them pay their share?


I have an admission. I have oft criticised the lack of use of our free electric car charging points in the Highlands. Yesterday I saw a car being recharged in the Drumnadrochit car park. It was a much travel stained Tesla which are as common as rocking horse manure in this part of the world. Was it a reporter road testing it, a carbonista who had misread his satnav on the way to Mararkesh? Who knows? What I saw were two people sitting in the car bored out of their tiny minds waiting for the car to charge. Now there are several nice tea shops in Drumnadrochit plus the Loch Ness Monster Visitor Attraction so why sit in your car when you could invest a few pounds in the local economy and meet real people! That got me to thinking. Why should these scroungers, who have already had £5k from the government to subsidise their car, get free electricity. Well in the Highlands that’s stopping soon but why should the state subsidise the recharging sites. If it is commercially viable the private sector will supply charging points! Then I thought a bit more. On a litre of petrol or diesel we pay 58p Fuel Excise Duty plus Vat. That pays for the roads infrastructure, maintenance and management amongst many other things. In fact only a quarter of what we pay goes back to paying for roads. So if we all drove electric cars not only would the Highways Agency have no money for roads but a further £27billion would be missing from the government spending budget. Now before all the greenies shout foul, that is a simplistic response as much of the city roads are supported by council tax but I think you get the message. Add the same percentage(70%) to the cost of electricity from these charging points and the reality of electric transport would dawn. Now I like the theory of electric cars. Just the reality makes me concerned. Jaguar Land Rover, that premier Indian brand (Tata) has recently announced a major investment in Birmingham for electric cars. Subject to the UK taxpayer subsidising it of course. Makes you think.

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DiCaprio Concerned Over Rising Sea Levels, So He Builds a $2,000/night Luxury Resort ON AN ISLAND!!!!

He joins a long line of Climate fantasists who have built on beaches starting with Al Gore and his $4 million condominiums. Records of South Sea islands being faced with rising sea water have been debunked with later data that suggests they are simply sinking.

Quixotes Last Stand

(Tip of the hat to Not a Lot of People Know That)

Carolyn McGuire and Justin Enriquez — Mail ONline — November 16, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio is a stickler for detail when playing the part of a new movie character and it seems like the Hollywood star is just as obsessive when it comes to hotel design.
The artists’ renderings for his new resort on a small island off the coast of Belize – slated for opening in 2018 – have been released and they show the actor’s full commitment to sustainability.
Since the first plans were released in April 2015, several of the initial details have been shelved, including a scheme for an arc-shaped platform with villas over the water and artificial reefs and fish shelters underneath.  Continue reading here….

Architects rendering of huts to be built for DiCaprio’s resort: (Um, where exactly does DiCaprio think the…

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When people have to pay for their electric cars

You have to smile. First Egotricity starts charging electric car owners on motorways, then Donald ‘Climate Change is Scam’ Trump becomes US President and now The Highland Council is to charge electric car users 30p per kwhr for it’s hitherto free charging points. One may ask why a public body which is short of cash has been subsidising electric car owners to the tune of £14k. One may ask why self righteous eco-manic drivers should get free electricity. One may suggest that commercial operations should shoulder the cost, not the taxpayer. If you can afford an already heavily subsidised car, surely you can afford to fuel it. Problem is that commercial operations need to be commercial and the lack of interest probably reflects the lack of potential customers. Now I have seen electric car charging points at Inverness Cathedral car park, Dingwall car park, Dumnadrochit car park and Ullapool Ferry terminal. I have only ever seen one person attempting to use one once. And that was a failure as a Dutch motorist with an electric car found he couldn’t make it work. Just doing a few simple sums and if the fee is 30p per kwhr I estimate that it costs more to run an electric car with a very limited range than most petrol cars with ranges of up to 600miles. Of course in comparison to what you would pay for you electricity at home, some 13.8p per kwhr, public charging points are very expensive. 

Scale the system up and consider the length of time it takes to charge a car even at high speed charging points and I fear it is not a deliverable option. The average car takes about four minutes to fuel with petrol or diesel, and ten minutes in the queue to pay. One may question why petrol pumps don’t simply take charge cards and save the queue and the cost of cashiers. Could it be the attached shops that result in us standing behind someone who has done their weekly shop and takes ages at the cash desk? I digress! However I hope you take my point. If everyone went electric queues at re-charging points would be horrendous. What it boils down to is that fossil fuels are energy dense and deliverable. Like renewables of wind, the alternatives simply aren’t


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Buy an electric car and save the planet


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Great Game to Play While Freezing in the Dark this Winter

It could happen here. In fact it already has! Highest petrol costs in Europe, carbon tax and Renewable Obligation, Subsidies!

Quixotes Last Stand

Gotta repost my game from early 2014, just to remind everyone that not one damned thing has changed in complacent Ontariowe.  People are still willing to sit back and do nothing about the thieves who have destroyed this province.

From 2014:  “With more and more families in Ontario entering Energy Poverty, thanks to the insane policies of the Liberal Party, many are now finding themselves sitting in the dark at night. This has spawned a resurgence in board games and the newest rage in board games is the Ontario Liberal Party version of Monopoly.”

Oh there are TWO major changes.  The province now has THREE socialist parties to choose from.  Each one just as bad as the others.  With Liberal plant, Patrick Brown now leading the Conservatives, Ontariowe is truly screwed as he supports Wynnes carbon tax scam.   Ontario lost it’s last chance to turn that province around in the…

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How Ontario’s pursuit of renewable energy broke the province’s electricity system

Coming to a Country near you!

Quixotes Last Stand

Terence Corcoran — Financial Post — October 6, 2016

Back in 2010, deep green environmentalist Rick Smith, then head of Environmental Defence Canada, hailed Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act regime as a cost-free operation that would catapult the province into the big leagues of renewable energy. Through fat subsidies and high prices offered to wind, solar and other renewable industry players, jobs and growth would boom and Ontario would be free of its dirty coal plants. It was the End of Coal, the government said. The birth of a renewable miracle.

Asked whether the plan might lead to higher prices for consumers, “No,” said Dr. Smith — he likes to be called doctor in recognition of his PhD in biology. “No. Not at all.”

Smith was absolutely sure that Ontario’s campaign to become the North American leader in renewable energy would not be a burden on consumers. He…

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Tourism and the Wind Industry’s analysis

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Every few years the wind industry or the Scottish Government roll out a Tourist Report that claims wind farms don’t damage tourism. We had the Moffat report which had more holes than a colander and the report on the Solway Firth which claimed that the projected damage to tourism in the area would not impact on any other area in Scotland. We have now had the Biggar report which conveniently includes all urban visitors in it’s analysis amongst many other other inaccuracies.  How many Wind Farms are built in urban environs? The John Muir Trust has taken them to task and has  produced a very interesting response by Douglas Wyn BSc(Soc), MSc(Econ). A detailed read but well worth the effort.


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Tiny the Turbine

Following on Lyndsey Ward’s world acclaimed Subsidy Sam we now have the new and latest work of Lyndsey and Josh which is more aimed at educating children and countering the deceit of the Wind Farm Industry. Either download as a PDF or contact Josh for a hard copy.

I wonder how many schools will be prepared to expose the children to the truth?

Tiny the Turbine (Donations can be made through this site as well as orders for hard copy)

Tiny_the_turbine(PDF download available here)


For those that missed Subsidy Sam


Subsidy Sam pdf

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After Brexit, now Clexit

“CLEXIT” (CLimate Exit) was inspired by the Brexit decision of the British people to withdraw from the increasingly dictatorial grasp of the EU bureaucracy.

Without any publicity or serious recruiting, Clexit has attracted over 60 well-informed science, business and economic leaders from 16 countries.
The secretary of Clexit, Mr Viv Forbes from Australia, said that widespread enforcement of the Paris climate treaty would be a global tragedy.

“For the EU and the rest of the Western world, ratification and enforcement of the Paris Treaty (and all the other associated decrees and Agendas) would herald the end of low-cost hydrocarbon transport and electricity, and the exit of their manufacturing, processing and refining industries to countries with low-cost energy.
“For developing countries, the Paris Treaty would deny them the benefits of reliable low-cost hydrocarbon energy, compelling them to rely on biomass heating and costly weather-dependent and unreliable power supplies, thus prolonging and increasing their dependency on international handouts. They will soon resent being told to remain forever in an energy-deprived wind/solar/wood/bicycle economy.
“Perhaps the most insidious feature of the UN climate plan is the “Green Climate Fund”. Under this scheme, selected nations (“The rich”) are marked to pour billions of dollars into a green slush fund. The funds will then be used to bribe other countries (“developing and emerging nations”) into adopting silly green energy policies.

“Naturally some smart politicians and speculators in the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and in the small island nations, understand that they can profit from the Paris Treaty by gaming the rules on things like carbon credits, or milking the green fund for “climate compensation” or “green energy technology”. This will only work for a while, and when the handouts stop, the re-adjustment to reality will be very painful.

“This UN-driven war on carbon energy has already caused massive losses and dislocation of western industry. If allowed to continue as envisaged by the Paris Treaty, this economic recession will become a world-wide depression, and all nations will suffer.
“We must stop this futile waste of community savings; cease the destruction and dislocation of human industry; stop killing rare bats and birds with wind turbine blades and solar/thermal sizzlers; stop pelletising trees and shipping them across the world to feed power stations designed to burn coal; stop converting food to motor vehicle fuel; and stop the clearing of bush and forests for biofuel cultivation and plantations.”
“Carbon dioxide does not control the climate. It is an essential plant food and more carbon dioxide will produce more plant growth and a greener globe.”
More detail is given in “The Clexit Founding Statement” that follows.

Viv Forbes
Rosevale Qld Australia

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REGOs – The latest Wind Farm Scam

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I’m the 100% Renewable Energy from Lochluichart for Co-Op energy but I’m a bit intermittent.

Ever wondered how the Moy Wind farm can power a Mars Bar Factory 300 miles away with their renewable energy that only works part time. Ever wondered how Lochluichart can supply local (?) consumers with 100% renewable energy 100% of the time even when it isn’t working and using an energy supplier based in Warwick in the centre of England. The answer as they say ‘is blowing in the wind’. It is the latest wind farm scam. Otherwise known as Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificates. These are batched with ROCs. As ROCs are traded separately as well as batched with power one concludes that it is entirely possible to buy ROCs and REGOs without actually buying any energy from a specific wind farm. Now we know that wind energy coupled with ROCs is twice the price and as much as four times the price of conventional power so we much assume that if power supply is only balanced against 100% renewable certificates the tariff would be at least twice and as much as four times the rate of standard supply. If not then they are noting using 100% wind energy. So the scam is to use the certificates against purchase of the green tariff whilst balancing the costs by buying nuclear or fossil fuel power. Now if they referred to this as full time equivalent or supplies will be balanced against our REGOs that would be honest, if a mite pointless, but the industry quotes 100% renewable energy from your local wind farm. Now that is dishonest and a scam. Needless to say the ASA have accepted the claims of the energy suppliers as power laid off against held certificates (REGOs) is 100% renewable energy. I think this turns on it’s head the maxim “you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time”. This is designed to fool all of the people all of the time!

One REGO is issued for each megawatt hour (MWh) of eligible renewable output generated (with effect from 5 December 2010). Prior to 5 December 2010 one REGO was issued for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of eligible renewable output generated. The primary use of REGOs in Great Britain and Northern Ireland is for Fuel Mix Disclosure (FMD). FMD requires licensed electricity suppliers to disclose to their customers, and potential customers, the mix of fuels (coal, gas, nuclear, renewable and other) used to generate the electricity supplied annually.  Source: Ofgem

As you can see these are now being used beyond their remit.


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World Health Organisation – European Noise Report

Dear all,
The World Health Organization (WHO) are currently reviewing their Environmental Noise Pollution Guidelines for Europe, (details here:  http://en.friends-against-wind.org/health/who-environmental-noise-guidelines-for-the-european-region). If you haven’t done it yet, I encourage you to write to them at contact@euro.who.int , particularly if you have specific expertise or had direct personal experience with wind turbine noise or inaudible low frequency vibrations (infrasound).
If you suffered annoyance from the noise or infrasound of wind turbines, it would be very helpful if you sent them a description of what you and/or your family experienced, specifying when and how it started, and any other pertinent details (actions taken, complaints to the authorities or wind farm owners, their replies, etc.). May I suggest you start by saying who you are, where you live (country and general location), name of wind farm and its owner / operator, how many turbines, how big they are (height and power generation capacity of each), the make of the turbines, what the terrain is like (flat land, hills or valley), and how far is your home from the nearest turbine(s).
Please send your email to Mrs Heroux, at contact@euro.who.int
and put the following in copy Bccluanam@btinternet.com,
Subject line: Review of the WHO Environmental Noise Pollution Guidelines for Europe

You may write in the language of your choice, as I trust they will translate as needed.

Should we wish to publish your message for maximum impact, we will contact you to ask your permission.
A letter co-signed by about 100 health professionals and various concerned individuals has already been sent, but it is important that Mrs Heroux receives as many individual letters as possible, from concerned citizens and especially from wind farm neighbours victimised by noise and infrasound.

Please circulate to your trusted and relevant contacts.

Thank you for your cooperation in this important collective endeavour.


Mark Duchamp    +34 693 643 736
President, Save the Eagles International
Chairman, World Council for Nature
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