by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition How do we get to a cleaner, quieter America? Picture an America where the most egregious sources of pollution, transportation--whether road, air, or rail--run significantly cleaner and quieter. Today, the energy sources that propel the mobility on which we depend are petro-fueled, noisy, and dirty. Ending
by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This article in Knowable Magazine describes, in a well written, easy-to-read, and scientifically accurate manner, how transportation noise hurts the heart. Basically, it causes a “fight-or-flight” stress reaction, with autonomic nervous system and neurohormonal responses. Epidemiology studies show increased heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in people living
The photo has been dedicated to the public domain by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition In 2015, Les Blomberg, director the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, joined a dozen other thought leaders to found The Quiet Coalition. Blomberg's dedication and his organization’s incredible archives have kept noise pollution alive through the long dark period
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: Cameron Casey from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition On December 31, 2020, Congresswoman Eleanor Norton Holmes (D-DC), co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) wrote to then President-Elect Biden, copying then Secretary of Transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg, stressing the
Photo credit: William Lopez from Pexels by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition If you can’t stand noisy aircraft and are completely fed up with Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen air transportation modernization, the agency has announced a public comment period "on the scope and applicability of research initiatives to address aircraft noise" in
With Pete Buttigieg poised to replace Elaine Chao at the Department of Transportation, David Sykes believes now is the time to advocate for federal action on noise.
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.
Road traffic noise causes diabetes and hypertension, finds a new Canadian study. Dr. Daniel Fink says the findings are consistent with European studies, which recognize road noise as a health hazard.