New: Our memorandum, COVID-19 and Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers: A Lethal Combination, v 1.2, discusses three specific problems that gas leaf blowers (GLBs) present during the COVID-19 crisis, and details the scientific evidence on the related health and environmental problems. The memo recommends a moratorium blower during the pandemic, and outlines a longer-term plan to help industry transition
Noise is not just a nuisance, it’s a growing public health hazard and action is long overdue. That’s the message delivered at the November 2019 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Philadelphia, where doctors and other specialists identified evidence that “environmental noise” underlies a myriad of health problems reaching well beyond
Sep 24, 2019 Gasoline is an integral part of life in America and many industrialized nations. So much so that we forget how dangerous it ...
DC Testimony is a Community Resource Aug 3, 2018 Citizen group, Quiet Clean DC, has created a resource for communities looking to restrict the use of gas leaf blowers. The organized effort undertaken to enact legislation is summarized in this article in The Atlantic, by James Fallows. Washington DC is among a recent group of metropolitan areas
For landscape workers, occupational noise is a daily hazard. According to the National Association of Landscaping Professionals, most of the gas equipment land care professionals use exceed the 85 decibel occupational safety threshold established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- some more than 1000 times! Although workers supposedly have legal protection from noise
We called this post "Bluebird in the Coal Mine" to reflect the critical importance of a new landmark study by Kleist and co-workers on the biochemical, behavioral and physical impacts of environmental noise on bluebirds. If you're familiar with the expression, "canary in the coal mine," you'll know it refers to coal miners who took
In her "Numbers" column in last month's Wall Street Journal, writer Jo Craven McGinty provides a concise set of facts on pollution generated by gas-powered leaf blowers (That Ear-Splitting Leaf Blower? It Also Emits More Pollution than a Car, Dec 15, 2017; Page A2). These facts are certainly interesting but are not sufficient to explain the