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Forest Sounds

Many people travel in order to experience different sounds in different places. But few of us get to travel abroad these days. In fact I don’t know anyone who has left the country. Now there is a site that lets … Continue reading

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My Annual Moan

(They look like they are members of a local militia, but armed with leaf blowers, not automatic weapons! That, at least, is a good thing.) Yes, every year (or maybe twice a year?) I write about the noise of lawnmowers … Continue reading

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Two-strokes in Toronto

What the ???? Toronto’s city council has voted to ask staff and Toronto Public Health to explore lawn equipment that uses two stroke gasoline engines. Don’t get too excited yet – it is a request for a study and a … Continue reading

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The Pandemic and Song Birds

The pandemic, which has reduced the amount of noise humans make, has had a tremendously positive effect on many aspects of nature. This article from National Geographic deals with research done on the impact of the pandemic on white-crowned sparrows … Continue reading

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Music in Restaurants

Background music in restaurants has always been an issue for the NC. Now, thanks to covid, this issue can be addressed easily. (At least in Toronto, and I assume in all cities.) Here is a quote from the City of … Continue reading

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Football in Germany

No, not FOOTBALL, but football – as in what we in Canada call soccer. Germany? Germany is one of those great European countries that take noise pollution seriously. They have quite strict rules and regulations about noise. And in this … Continue reading

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Walruses and Double Bass

Yes, you read it correctly. Who knew that a walrus could play a double bass? Well, in fact, they can’t. But they do communicate with sound. They have quite the repertoire. You can read more about this aspect of ‘walrus-ness’ … Continue reading

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Race Horses and Noise

So who knew? Thanks to a tip off from my bookie MJB, I have found out that quite a few race horses wear earplugs when they race! It makes sense, but was a surprise! Race tracks are loud, very loud. … Continue reading

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Noise and Toronto, Ontario

    The other day, yet another article showed up in my Google noise alert message.  This one is about noise in Toronto.  The twist I liked was that Mr. Braga provides a historical context to noise in Toronto, starting … Continue reading

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Bern, Switzerland

The Swiss government is planning on introducing two pieces of legislation, both aimed at decreasing noise in the country.  First up is a ban on motorcycles that emit 95 decibels.  The second part is allowing more use of noise radar, … Continue reading

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