Wind farms 'could cause people to go deaf'

Reports that a study has suggested that wind farms 'could cause people living nearby to go deaf' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Daily Mail reports that scientists have said that the "barely audible low frequency hum emitted by turbines" harms "the exquisite mechanics of our inner ears". The newspaper says that a study, by the University of Munich, "of 21 healthy young men and women who were exposed to such sound, revealed that most experienced changes in cells in the cochlear - a spiral shaped cavity essential for hearing and balance". Man-made sources of low frequency noise "have spread dramatically in recent years and are also generated by thermal power stations, ventilation and air conditioning systems", the newspaper adds.

The Independent reports on the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society. The newspaper says the society has been judging contenders for the Roundabout of the Year award since 2003. "This year, the first prize went to Tewkesbury's Stonehills roundabout, on which sits a wooden statue of a horse and rider charging into battle", the paper reports.

An opinion piece in the Financial Times (subscription only) says that Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, should focus on "decent sewers, not ‘smart’ cities". The piece, by Chandran Nair, chief executive of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, says Modi wants to create 100 "smart cities" across India. But Nair says: "Mr Modi has inherited a country in desperate need of major changes in government policy. His campaign promises show that he is acutely aware of this. But he should not be distracted from the unglamorous work of building toilets, connecting sewers and providing the other basics of 21st-century life. This would be a phenomenal legacy. If he succeeds, he could go down in history as India’s greatest prime minister to date".

The Guardian reports that house prices "have fallen for the first time in 17 months, dropping by 0.2 per cent in September and providing new evidence that the property market is cooling, according to the latest update from the UK’s biggest building society". The newspaper says Nationwide "said almost £1,000 was knocked of the value of a typical UK home as a result of the fall. The average price-tag now stands at £188,374 – down from £189,306 in August, though still well above the figure of £172,000 recorded a year ago".

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