Google’s Wing begins pilot drone delivery in the U.S. despite sharp criticism in Australia, where they ran their first pilot program. Why the criticism? In a word, noise.
Dr. Daniel Fink asks “why is the world so loud?” There can be no rational doubt that noise is a public health problem, he writes, adding that at least the media is starting to take notice.
David Sykes writes about the exciting research on the biological effects of noise on birds by Dr. Jesse Barber.
An editorial in the Toronto Sun says that noise control laws are worthless unless they are enforced. Dr. Daniel Fink agrees and points to Santa Monica, CA, which uses crowd-sourced citizen reporting to tackle noise.
Is Japan really the world’s noisiest country? David Sykes remembers being impressed with Japan’s quiet trains and stations and asks if Japan is considered loud, what about the U.S.?
As public health concern grows, the Pew Charitable Trusts looks at noise pollution. David Sykes finds Pew’s interest encouraging, because it will stimulate awareness.