by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
The Noise Curmudgeon directed me to this piece, which notes that fall is leaf blower season. The article from CityLab cites the work of our friend Erica Walker in Boston.
Aside from gas-powered leaf blowers making too much noise, all gas-powered leaf blowers emit toxic, carcinogenic exhaust and aerosolize particulate matter–animal waste, tire particles, and other harmful substances–into the air.
Rakes work just fine, and it’s entirely acceptable to have a few or even multitudes of leaves in your yard, too.