Urban noise is “the absolute scourge of our time,” said a commenter to a Guardian article on urban noise. Dr. Daniel Fink agrees, noting that urban noise is a major health hazard, too.
San Jose tacked two noise problems in one meeting—leaf blowers and train noise—showing that tackling noise is an important government function.
Is Boston too noisy? One city councilor says “Yes!” And Dr. Daniel Fink agrees with her concerns about noise and health. Want a quieter city? Dr. Fink says you have to make some noise!
San Francisco’s BART has been made quieter. Dr. Daniel Fink says it’s proof that if there’s the will to make subways quieter, there’s a way to get it done.
A new New York City bill would require city ambulances, police cars, and firetrucks to adopt a European two-toned model. The new siren would still be loud, but far less disturbing.
Is background music a human rights violation? Quiet Scotland says yes, and they are working to convince bars, restaurants, and shops to shut it off!