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July 2, 2019, 1pm PDT
With more cars on roads and planes in the sky than ever before, finding truly noise-free places with pure natural sounds has become ever more challenging.
April 29, 2019, 12pm PDT
Noise pollution tends to impact low-income communities more than others. For those who can afford the luxury, there are ways to shut out the noise.
January 25, 2018, 5am PST
The hustle and bustle of cities are part of the appeal, but too much noise is unhealthy. Planners can help control the problem of noise in the city.
February 27, 2017, 8am PST
One man's noise pollution is another man's symphony.
February 4, 2017, 1pm PST
The city of Chicago intends to soundproof more homes this year than any in the 20-year history of the city's soundproofing program, insulating homes from the noise generated by the city's south side airport.
January 6, 2017, 5am PST
The capital of Catalunya is suffering from persistent high pollution due to car density and the largest number of motorcycles in Europe. City administrators, aware of the situation, have been unwilling to take any action that would upset drivers.
November 27, 2016, 5am PST
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has aligned himself with opponents to the addition of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport, citing noise and air pollution concerns
November 26, 2016, 9am PST
Traffic police in Mumbai have launched a campaign to cut down on unnecessary honking by motorists in the city of Mumbai
September 3, 2016, 9am PDT
BART trains have always made a lot of noise—impacting riders and the people who live along the regional system's routes. Now there's hope that the racket could be a thing of the past.
June 26, 2015, 8am PDT
After spending $10 billion since 2005 on capital improvements, Chicago's O'Hare is still losing business to competitors along with the battle of public opinion.
January 16, 2014, 11am PST
Los Angeles congressional representatives are leveraging the federal appropriations bill to advance legislation requiring the U.S. DOT and the FAA to develop ways to lessen the impact of helicopter noise on residential neighborhoods.
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
October 27, 2013, 5am PDT
"The Roaring 'Twenties", an interactive soundscape created by a historian of sound, technology and cultures of listening at Princeton, seeks to immerse people in the sounds of 1929 New York City, and demonstrate that noise pollution is nothing new.
July 13, 2013, 9am PDT
The fact that New York is loud is unlikely to surprise anyone. But despite decades of noise abatement efforts, the contributors to noise pollution keep multiplying. As scientists recognize the multitude of negative health impacts, what can be done?
June 7, 2013, 2pm PDT
Apparently the kids in Japan are just too darn loud. In a country where the old increasingly outnumber the young, crotchety old folks are cracking down on the sounds of childhood.
December 12, 2012, 5am PST
Humans are a noisy lot. In addition to fouling our cities with extreme sounds and exporting our din to wilderness areas, scientists are beginning to recognize and map the substantial impact of human-generated sound on the world's waters.
September 14, 2012, 8am PDT
New research conducted by the CDC in Atlanta is aimed at understanding just how prevalent exposure to dangerous levels of highway noise is. Such exposure can play a detrimental role in one's health.
August 8, 2012, 11am PDT
Recent articles on uncomfortably loud environments in New York and Los Angeles raise an interesting question - is noise pollution a necessary part of city living or is it a health hazard that should be addressed?
September 1, 2011, 5am PDT
The amount of urban background noise is affecting the songs that birds sing to attract mates.