Harmful transit noise can be reduced, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft. In a case in which people say train noise has disrupted their lives, she asks if the railroad has done anything to mitigate the noise.
Quiet brought on by the lockdown allowed scientists to study endangered killer whales in the Salish Sea. Dr. Daniel Fink hopes steps will be taken to make the waters quieter after lockdown.
Do protestors have the right to make too much noise? Dr. Arline Bronzaft discusses loud protests and noise ordinances, noting hospitals have enforced quiet zones without impinging free speech.
Human noise impacts desert animals, too, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft, who shares an article on the effect of human noise on desert birds and mammals.
Could Covid be the death of the open plan office? David Sykes thinks it could, noting that office workers like the shorter commutes and bigger space to do their work.
Dr. Daniel Fink says if you are going to do yard work, make sure to wear a pair of ear plugs if the tools you use make more noise than a rake. Ear plugs today will help you avoid hearing aids tomorrow.