Photo credit: Erik Mclean by Jamie Banks, MSc, PhD, President, Quiet Communities Inc. A recent piece from NPR discusses some of the barriers landscaping professionals face when considering the purchase of battery electric lawn mowers. These mowers, powered by lithium-ion batteries, are quieter, cleaner, simpler, and easier to use and can make for an attractive
Photo credit: jan buchholtz licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition There’s an old saying that every cloud has a silver lining. I’m not sure that’s true, but many clouds--or in this case, no rain cloud in Las Vegas--may indeed have a silver lining. As this report in The New
Photo credit: Rob Howard licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Arnold Gordon, PhD Gas-powered leaf blowers cause many problems. They are noisy, pollute the air with carcinogens, aerosolized particulate matter and greenhouse gases, and disturb the natural leaf litter layer that protects the ground. As far back as 1993, environmental activists urged the Town of Greenwich
Photo credit: Dr. Daniel Fink by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition As those who follow this blog may remember, when I’m not writing about noise issues I’m working as a home handyman fixing things. Ah, the joys of home ownership. On this week’s journey to a big box DIY store, imagine my surprise
by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition, and Jamie L. Banks, PhD, MS, Executive Director, Quiet Communities, Inc., Co-Founder, The Quiet Coalition A new California law, AB 1346, phases out the sale of new small off-road gasoline engines. The law, based on concerns over harmful air pollution in the state, affects gas-powered lawn and
Photo credit: Andres Siimon licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a measure on Saturday requiring new small off-road engines to be zero-emission by 2024. The bill includes $30 million in financing to assist with the transition. According to the California Air Resources Board, using a gas leaf blower for an hour
Photo credit: Timothy Valentine licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Ban the awful leaf blowers. That’s the headline for a letter to the editor in the Camden New Journal, an independent newspaper in London. The writer includes some details of leaf blower history that I didn’t know, namely:
Photo credit: Marco Verch licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition WPDH reports that many towns in the mid-Hudson Valley have effectively banned gas-powered leaf blowers from use. Beacon, NY limits leaf blowers to those under 60 decibels, which effectively means that no gas-powered leaf blowers can be used.
San Jose tacked two noise problems in one meeting—leaf blowers and train noise—showing that tackling noise is an important government function.
Why are people so affected by leaf blower noise? Drs. Bank and Walker explain that low frequency noise may account for the intolerability.