A federal court has ruled that the American government is failing to uphold its legal obligations to protect dolphins and whales from noise pollution produced by naval exercises in the Pacific.
Robins aren't naturally nocturnal. But lately, in urban areas, they've been staying up all night singing. Some research has suggested it's due to the fact that cities are so damn loud. But a new study has given weight to another cause: cities are so damn bright, the birds believe it's daytime all the time.
And tomorrow's Americans will be louder, still.
This might seem like a bit of just deserts for all the times people have been woken up early by chirping birds, but human noise pollution is actually making it impossible for birds to mate. Humanity has crossed the line!
You've heard the question before. "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" But here's something else to consider: how come nobody ever asks what the trees can hear?
The World Health Organization calculated deaths and disabilities caused by noise pollution. Turns out the numbers are second only to air pollution. Find out how noise kills.
Initially, they applauded the erection of three wind turbines. Now, the inhabitants of Penobscot Bay, Maine, rue the day the $15m wind facility was built a mile from their homes, due to the sheer noise the 123-foot blades make.
Traditional sound machines tend to use white noise or repetitive nature sounds to compete with the cacophony of the outside, but that only works to a certain extent. Ecotones, by Silicon Valley start up ASTI, is hoping to one-up them by actually being able to adapt to the user's environment. You can choose from 12…