Photo credit: LuceroPhotos licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report from the Moab Sun News discusses the problem of off-road vehicle noise there. As a city dweller who prefers to hike rather than ride in the wilderness, I had to look up the difference between a UTV, ATV,
Photo credit: Olaf Arndt licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This article in the current issue of Acoustics Today discusses electric vehicle noises, which are mandatory in the U.S. to alert blind and visually impaired pedestrians of approaching electric vehicles. Apparently an early study showed increased pedestrian accidents
Photo credit: Silver Leapers licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition As we have noted before, noise is bad for animals, including fishes and marine mammals. On land, for example, road traffic noise interferes with birds hearing mating calls or the calls of their hatchlings, with small mammals hearing approaching
NY pols seek stiffer fines for modified mufflers, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft, who says enacting a law isn’t enough—laws actually have to be enforced to make a difference.
Dr. Daniel Fink writes about this holiday season’s list of loudest toys to avoid. One major issue is there is no evidenced-based noise exposure levels for children, so if a toy sounds too loud, then assume it is too loud.
Do protestors have the right to make too much noise? Dr. Arline Bronzaft discusses loud protests and noise ordinances, noting hospitals have enforced quiet zones without impinging free speech.
David Sykes asks if protest grow and Trump threatens military force, will they deploy dangerous sonic weapons on U.S. citizens? U.S. police departments have used them on citizens before.