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Noise Pollution

How Prolonged Exposure to Sweet, Blessed Silence Benefits the Brain

Science of Us | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

(Photo: May Xiong/Getty Images) By Melissa Dahl I write this to the soundtrack of a literal chainsaw; there are men at work outside my window attemp...

14th Street PeopleWay: The Dream of a Car-free New York City

Chris Castiglione | Posted 06.22.2016 | New York
Chris Castiglione

I dream of a car-free New York City. Every night honking cars arrest me from sleep, and every day myself and millions of New Yorkers breathe the carbon monoxide exhaust from a sea of passing cars.

Why You Should Care About White Noise

Liz Heinberg | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Liz Heinberg

Anyone who's reading this is probably well aware of the #SleepRevolution College Tour. Thanks to the efforts of Arianna Huffington and her tireless t...

Deepsea Drilling: Death by 1000 Cuts?

This Planet | Posted 05.02.2016 | Green
This Planet

THIS PLANET has an occasional series of posts on Storify, where we can capture recent news and videos. This is living research for This Planet. Here is our collection of items on Offshore Drilling.

Interactive Maps Show You What Cities Sound Like

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.25.2016 | Technology

Sound defines a city, whether it's the din of New York City traffic or calls to prayer issuing from Istanbul's mosques. Now, you can see what cities s...

Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.06.2016 | Science

We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by -- and that may be negatively affecting our health. In fac...

How Sound Impacts Your Sleep Cycle

Rosie Osmun | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

Sound appears to have both positive and negative influences, depending on types, noise level, personal preference and other factors. Read on to see how sound influences sleep in both the short-term and long-term, and how to optimize your environment for better nights.

Quiet Is Crucial to Your Health: The Dangers of Urban Noise

Carrie Sturrock | Posted 09.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Carrie Sturrock

Because of increasing urbanization, noise pollution will only worsen and affect more people. The U.S. National Prevention Strategy -- tasked with increasing the number of healthy Americans through wellness and prevention -- can put noise on the national health policy agenda.

Loud Noises Could Be Really Bad For Your Health

dailyRx News | Posted 06.19.2016 | Healthy Living
dailyRx News

Loud noise may hurt more than just your ears. A new study found that noise pollution like traffic, airplane noises and street activity could be hurting America's health -- to the tune of billions of dollars.

Mow, Blow and Go: The Death of the Quiet Neighborhood

Jeb Harrison | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Jeb Harrison

I awoke this morning to the whine of a weed whacker wielded by a member of the neighbor's "mow, blow and go" crew. After squelching my initial impulse...

Noisy Buddhist Festivals Upset Locals In Myanmar

Religion News Service | Mann Kyaw & Brian Pellot | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

MANDALAY, Myanmar (RNS) While Myanmar’s strict curbs on religious freedom continue to draw international scrutiny, its lax enforcement of noise limi...

Silence Is Speaking... Will We Listen?

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Cassidy Hall

I'm continually engulfed in modern day life with beeps, vibrations, commercials, news feeds -- a variety of attacks on all my senses. Yet, silence's mystifying self still delicately reaches for my curious heart.

Offshore Oil Exploration in the Atlantic? Bad Idea

OnEarth | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green

BOOM. BOOM. BOOM-BOOM-BOOOOOMMMMM! Annoying, isn't it? But guess what -- that's what life will be like for marine mammals in the Atlantic Ocean now that the Obama administration has re-opened the East Coast, from Delaware to Florida, to offshore oil and gas exploration.

The Fight To Protect Whales Against The Navy's Noise Pollution

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green

The author of a new book that criticizes the U.S Navy’s excessive use of active sonar in the ocean spoke with HuffPost Live about how the noise poll...

Why Peace & Quiet Is Green

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

How can we make long-term healthy decisions for the Earth when our own inner noise is pushing us just to get out the door?

Ad Banner Planes Destroy America's Beaches, Laugh to the Bank

Jarid Manos | Posted 04.03.2014 | Miami
Jarid Manos

Beach season is rapidly approaching, yet once again millions of people seeking relief from stressful lives will be bombarded by constant noise polluti...

Unbelievable Dolphin Discovery Made At Wildlife Park

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

A pregnant bottlenose dolphin found to be communicating with her unborn calf at a wildlife amusement park has caught the attention of marine researche...

WATCH: The New Must-Have For Urban Living

Posted 11.08.2013 | HuffPost Home

Urban living has its perks, but rarely (if ever) is noise mentioned among them. Until now, heavy curtains or pricey soundproof windows have been th...

Whales to Big Oil: 'Keep It Down, Would Ya?'

OnEarth | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green

By Jason Bittel, OnEarthNo one ever said the search for fossil fuels in increasingly hard-to-reach places was easy. As part of their quest to keep the...

City Birds Bring the Noise

OnEarth | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green

By Melissa Mahony, OnEarth Living near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway isn't half bad. You learn to wipe the soot off houseplants, step over the dead ...

Silencing The New York Subway

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 01.31.2013 | New York

If you’ve ever stood in the deafening racket of the Spring Street subway station in Manhattan and asked yourself, “Hmm, I wonder if standing here...

Can We Quiet the Sky?

Mike Goldsmith | Posted 03.06.2013 | Science
Mike Goldsmith

Aircraft: good. Aircraft noise: bad. This dichotomy has split many populations right down the middle for half a century and is only intensifying as demands for access to the skies and to urban accommodation grow. Is there an answer?

Whatever Happened to Raking?

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

When did it become necessary to clear the land of all natural elements? Is there some harm in allowing a leaf or twig to remain where it lands, in situ? For some reason, people cannot tolerate leaves lying quietly on the lawn, sidewalk or stoop? And, whatever happened to the rake?

The 'Under 1 Percent' and Their Noisy Choppers to and From The Hamptons

Karl Grossman | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Karl Grossman

The racket of helicopters heading to and returning from what has become the main aerial gateway of the Hamptons and Long Island's biggest noisemaker -- East Hampton Airport -- has been intense this summer.

Nighttime Noises Keeping You Up? We Can Fix That

The Huffington Post | Nicole Guzzardi & Kate Auletta | Posted 02.17.2015 | HuffPost Home

Whether it's loud neighbors, buzzing pests or even a snoring roommate, annoying nighttime sounds can make your evening a sleepless one. If you're havi...