by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Joanna York, Connexion France, reports that noise pollution in France costs €156 billion annually. York reviewed a study done by the France’s Conseil National de Bruit (National Noise Council) and l’Agence de l La Transition e Ecologique (Ecological Transition Agency).

Noise pollution affects 25 million people in France, slightly more than 1/3 of the population, writes York. About two-thirds of the noise comes from transportation, and it does not affect people equally.

York interviewed Laurianne Rossi, president of the CNB, who commented:

Noise is a real marker of social inequality. Calm and silence are the privilege of the wealthiest in France, and unfortunately we often see that those who are exposed to noise and air pollution are the most vulnerable.

The same is true in the United States.