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Thirty meters is not very far

Just north of Vancouver, BC, railway noise is messing with the health of the residents of Squamish Nation.  This has been going on for years.  And has improved very little. Read about it here.

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Planned Parenthood

OK, so no, PP is NOT noisy. Except politically speaking, in their work to maintain access to abortions and other healthcare to women in the USA.   But – there are many protestors in the USA who gather outside PP … Continue reading

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Noise in the workplace

Yes, workplaces are often noisy.   But this workplace noise is different. Shipyard workers in Bath, Maine are “putting the hammer down” to protest their contract negotiations. They hammer pieces of metal forone minute of every hour. It seems like … Continue reading

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Noisy Bugs

Ah –  nature.  This is the year that cicadas emerge –  as they do every 13 – 17 years!  And apparently they generate an unholy amount of noise!  (BTW – what is ‘holy’ noise? And is it ‘good’ noise or … Continue reading

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Has the pandemic helped with noise?

Has it?  Well, yes and no.  The natural world is quieter – oceans are quieter, apparently Earth itself is quieter (not sure why) and there is much less traffic noise. BUT – noise complaints from neighbours who are at home … Continue reading

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Then again, NYC is louder

  The other day I posted about how the pandemic was slowing down shipping in the oceans, and thus allowing sea animals to have less noise to deal with.  And that is good. BUT –  apparently New York City has … Continue reading

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Ocean Noise

Guess what?  The oceans are a lot less noisy recently.  Why, you ask?  I think you know the answer!  COVID 19.  Shipping is way down, across all the oceans.  And so the noise levels that have detrimental effects on sea … Continue reading

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Day something or other of the pandemic

You have probably heard reports about the decrease in air pollution around the planet. People in New Delhi can see blue sky, and far away mountains. (See photo above for a sense of the change in air quality in New … Continue reading

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An interesting article to read – in quiet.

  As Bilal Qureshi says in this piece from the Washington Post, we are inundated with sound/noise; it is hard to escape it, and yet many of us feel a deep desire to do so.  The piece discusses a few … Continue reading

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Bamboo

Bamboo Forest in Japan My spouse sent me a link to a piece about the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Japan.  What a lovely looking place!  It is one of Japan’s “governmentally recognized soundscapes”. If you get a chance to go, … Continue reading

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