Photo credit: Amir Esrafili from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Snow muffles sound by absorbing the sound waves, but it is also noisy underfoot. Why? This fun report from WTTW in Chicago explains that snow contains tiny ice crystals that crunch when we compress them underfoot as we walk. I also
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.
The lockdown is providing an opportunity for scientific research, writes Dr. Daniel Fink. The decrease in human activity allows scientist to gain new insights about seismology and marine science.
UK research shows trees help quiet your neighborhood. David Sykes says the interesting thing is that it’s not the leaves that block the sound, it’s the bark!
JASA, the international journal of record in acoustical science, looks at the world-wide natural experiment in sudden quiet brought on by the pandemic.
April 29 is International Noise Awareness Day, and Dr. Daniel Fink wonders if people worldwide will focus on listening now that lockdowns have resulted in dramatic reductions in noise.
Yet another Earth Day has passed, but this one marked by silence and solitude. David Sykes wonders if the silence wrought by the pandemic will open environmentalists' ears to the dangers of noise.