Quiet activism

Jan L. Mayes writing about environmental noise pollution crisis hurting communication and health of humans and other species at risk.

Measure Noise Pollution using Free NIOSH Sound Level Meter Smartphone App

[Revised July 10, 2019] There are lots of Smartphone sound level meter apps, but most aren’t accurate or free. Many pretend to be free but cost money to change the default settings to public health recommended settings for environmental noise. The noise scientists at the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health in the U.S. …

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Measuring Public Noise Using Crowdsourced Sound Level Meter Apps

[Revised July 9, 2019; Originally published November 27, 2017] Crowdsourced Smartphone Apps Smartphone Sound Level Meter apps are the latest technology to help people measure and map indoor and outdoor sound levels around the world. Apps can be used for personal use to find quiet locations at home or while traveling. Citizen scientists–everyday people–use these …

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Open Letter to Government TRAN Committee to Assess the Impact of Aircraft Noise in the Vicinity of Major Canadian Airports

The Canadian federal government Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure & Communities is holding meetings in Ottawa to Assess the Impact of Aircraft Noise in the Vicinity of Major Canadian Airports. October 30, 2018 was Meeting 117. It’s urgent for Canadians across the country to contact this Committee to let them know your views on aircraft …

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European Noise Directive public policy decision makers fail to control aircraft and transportation noise pollution

Noise mapping is when community noise is measured to find areas with unhealthy noise levels. The goal is to end the international public health crisis from transportation noise damage. Federal governments around the world are responsible for transportation, e.g. traffic, airplanes, railways. Airports, including aircraft flight paths, are the highest noise damage risk. Federal airport …

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