Photo credit: Dr. Daniel Fink by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition I am an inveterate DIYer, maintaining two houses and assisting in keeping two others in good repair, so I have a lot of tools and am always looking for better ones. My father taught me that any job is easier to do
Photo credit: Jo Kassis from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report from Discover discusses how plants can help absorb, diffuse, or block noise, especially road traffic noise. I didn’t know that noise actually makes leaves tremble, transforming sound energy into mechanical energy, and thereby dissipating it. To reall make a
Photo credit: Michelle Cipriano licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition The National Park Service noise maps show that without anthropogenic sounds--that is, human influenced sounds--nature is quiet. The top map shows existing noise conditions in the U.S., with the brighter yellow colors in cities being 53 A-weighted decibels* (dBA)
Photo credit: Thomas Good licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Shant Shahrigian’s article on New York City mayoral candidate Scott Stringer's recent press conference to discuss city noise was titled “Quiet! NYC mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer promises to crack down on annoying noise.”
Photo credit: Vicky Deshmukh from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition We all know that city dwellers have changed their routines during the pandemic. According to Matthew Rozsa, so have urban pigeons. With more people staying home and fewer cars on the road, cities are less
Birds changed their tune during the Covid lockdown, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft, who looks at two articles reporting that birds in San Francisco sang more softly and with improved vocal range during lockdown.
David Sykes writes that experts envision post-COVID cities without noise and pollution. But can cities stay cleaner and quieter post lockdown?