Photo credit: tom balabaud from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies Tom DiVenti in his article “Disturbing the Peace” bemoans that our noisy world prevents people from getting “a little bit of silence.” He identifies the many discomforting sounds from the
Photo credit: Martha Nelson licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition In many parts of the country, everyone is waiting for the emergence of Brood X cicadas. Cicadas have adopted an interesting survival strategy: They develop underground for 17 years and only emerge in such large numbers that their predators
Photo credit: Alexander Dummer from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition The Quiet Coalition’s Arline Bronzaft, PhD, recently wrote about a website in Japan that allows people to report noisy locations, including noisy children. Dr. Bronzaft has a lot of experience with noise complaints, having served five New York City mayors and
Photo credit: Amir Esrafili from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Snow muffles sound by absorbing the sound waves, but it is also noisy underfoot. Why? This fun report from WTTW in Chicago explains that snow contains tiny ice crystals that crunch when we compress them underfoot as we walk. I also
A small but not insignificant noise victory has been achieved: Google finally blocks noisy autoplay videos in Chrome.
The impact of environmental noise on kids’ performance in public schools is established, and TQC founding member Dr. Arline Bronzaft has been fighting for children's right to an uninterrupted education for decades. She reflects on the beginning of her fight and advises parents to continue it by demanding noise-free classrooms for their children.
The Massachusetts Medical Society has approved a resolution against gas-powered leaf blowers (GLBs) that recognizes noise pollution as a public health hazard and acknowledges the increased risk of adverse health consequences GLBs present to workers and general public.