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Noise Pollution

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 09.17.2015 | 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 06.19.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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...


AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — No wonder they call New York the city that never sleeps. Who can get any shuteye with all the noise?! Screeching subway trains, hon...

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...

National Parks: Are We Giving Up on Peace and Quiet to Allow More Noise?

Tom Kiernan | Posted 10.07.2012 | Green
Tom Kiernan

By downgrading protections for our greatest National Parks in order to allow noisy vehicles to drown out nature, we are not protecting these wonderful experiences so many generations before us have enjoyed.

Longing For Silence And Solitude

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home
Elizabeth Cunningham

In most places in our industrialized world it is impossible to be out of range of machine noise. I am homesick for a place that may not exist any longer.

A Bubble Curtain To Protect Whales From Wind Farms?

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 10.11.2011 | Green

Anti-wind power groups have made a lot of noise over wind turbines, but that hasn't stopped Germany from investing in more offshore wind power. Accord...

Noise Pollution: A Health Hazard?

Michael Taft | Posted 09.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

Evolution did not equip you to live in a world of constant noise. Your nervous system was engineered by natural selection for an environment of almost total quiet.

Mysterious Night Noise Is Humdinger

Time | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Every night for the past two months the noise resembling the hum of a car engine has seemingly moved through the air, flooding the town of Woodland, E...