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
by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Milton Keynes is a small city about 50 miles north of London with a population of 230,000 in its urban area. As reported in The MKCitizen, city officials will be introducing legislation to ban noisy fireworks. The reason? Local politicians say "the louder bangs are 'stressful and
Photo credit: Timothy Valentine licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition There’s an old adage that every cloud has a silver lining, but I’ve always been skeptical about that. For example, I don’t think there is really any silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud that has disrupted life in the
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.
Fireworks banned on the Galapagos to protect wild life. Kudos to Ecuador for taking action—it’s clear that fireworks pose a serious health threat to all living things.
Never underestimate man's ability to find more obnoxious ways to make noise. What is the new fresh hell? “Silent” discos—loud and obnoxious, and about to be banned in Edinburgh.
TQC founding member Jeanne Kempthorne writes about a challenge to a NY village's code banning the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers from June 1 through September 30 and the court decision that upheld the ban.
Noise isn't just a city problem. Read about the scourge of the suburbs--leaf blowers--and what some communities are doing to rein them in.