Photo credit: Rob Howard licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Arnold Gordon, PhD Gas-powered leaf blowers cause many problems. They are noisy, pollute the air with carcinogens, aerosolized particulate matter and greenhouse gases, and disturb the natural leaf litter layer that protects the ground. As far back as 1993, environmental activists urged the Town of Greenwich
Photo credit: Timothy Valentine licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Ban the awful leaf blowers. That’s the headline for a letter to the editor in the Camden New Journal, an independent newspaper in London. The writer includes some details of leaf blower history that I didn’t know, namely:
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.
Photo credit: Alex Juel licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report from Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, describes how the Heritage Museum & Gardens there is switching to battery powered lawn mowers and other landscape maintenance equipment. Museum director Les Lutz tells readers that automated battery-powered mowers, used
San Jose tacked two noise problems in one meeting—leaf blowers and train noise—showing that tackling noise is an important government function.