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Noise pollution maps let us see our “dumb environments”

Photo credit: Pixabay by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies After starting out his article by noting that for people living in urban environment silence “is likely only possible with some assistance from noise-canceling headphones,” Michael d’Estries then quotes acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton

Hearing birds makes us feel better

Photo credit: David Cossey by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies During the pandemic, I wrote a number of posts on articles that noted how pleased many people were to hear the birds in their neighborhoods, especially residents of New York City who

Building a library of obsolete sounds

Photo credit: Dzenina Lukac by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Cities and Memory has announced the launch of Obsolete Sounds, the biggest-ever collection of obsolete and disappearing sounds of the world. As Cities and Memory notes, “[o]bsolete Sounds is designed to draw attention to the world’s disappearing soundscapes, to highlight those sounds that

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