Noise

The amount of urban background noise is affecting the songs that birds sing to attract mates.
Sep 1, 2011   Discovery
Colloseo, a restaurant in San Francisco's North Beach, wants to feature Luca, their opera-singing waiter, as part of the ambience. The Telegraph Hill Dwellers, an influential neighborhood situation, says no.
Nov 22, 2010   The San Francisco Chronicle
Locals in Walnut Creek are up in arms over a proposed In-N-Out Burger. Columnist Tom Barnidge says that while "provincialism often is the catalyst for complaint," there is reason to protest in this case.
Sep 20, 2010   Contra Costa Times
The U.S. Military are on the verge of releasing its new air fighter, the F-35, and about 200 U.S. bases are under consideration to house them. The new planes are three to 12 times louder than existing planes, which has some base neighbors on edge.
Oct 15, 2009   NPR
Urban sounds can have an effect on people -- both physically and mentally. This sonic tour through New York City examines how sounds affect urbanites.
Aug 3, 2009   Discover
Some residents living too close to wind turbines are feeling the negative effects of the noise they produce: nausea, headaches, and vertigo, to name a few.
Nov 6, 2008   USA Today
<p>Cairo, Egypt is becoming increasingly noisy.</p>
Apr 15, 2008   The New York Times