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Noise pollution maps let us see our “dumb environments”

Photo credit: Pixabay by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies After starting out his article by noting that for people living in urban environment silence “is likely only possible with some assistance from noise-canceling headphones,” Michael d’Estries then quotes acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton

The ocean is not a quiet place

Photo credit: Trygve Finkelsen by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report by PhD candidate Thomas Uboldi, University of Quebec at Rimouski, on Phys.org discusses noise pollution in the world’s oceans. Uboldi notes that many still think oceans are quiet, based on Jaques Cousteau’s 1953 book and 1956 documentary, both with the titleThe

Noise pollution is on the rise in India

Photo credit: Bhavesh Jain by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This article in the Deccan Herald, based in Bengaluru, India (formerly known as Bangalore), discusses the rise in noise pollution as the city recovers from COVID lockdowns. Noise levels are exceeding allowed limits on many days, especially in silent zones. Silent zones are noise-sensitive

Turtles can suffer hearing loss, too

Photo credit: Jolo Diaz by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report in Science Daily discussing research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution states that marine noise pollution can cause temporary hearing loss in turtles. This phenomenon was known for fish and marine mammals, but had not previously been reported in reptiles. Like

Another silent spring?

Photo credit: Tina Nord from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition In 1962, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring helped jumpstart the environmental movement in the U.S. and worldwide. Carson wrote lyrically, almost poetically, about how pesticides, especially DDT, damaged birds and caused birth defects and cancer. If Carson were alive today, she

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