Leaf Blowers, Pollution, and COVID-19

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

More than Hearing Loss: APHA points to growing health effects of noise

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

DC Testimony is a Community Resource

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

CDC: Work noise exposure can raise blood pressure, cholesterol levels

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

Bluebird in the Coal Mine?

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

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