WHO: Traffic and aircraft noise ‘growing risk’ for health

Noise pollution from traffic and aircraft poses a major health risk across Europe, according to new guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Noise pollution from traffic and aircraft poses a major health risk across Europe, according to new guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chronic exposure to noise is associated with sleep disturbance, hearing damage and mental distress, and the WHO’s latest guidelines also detail stronger evidence of its cardiovascular and metabolic impacts.

For the first time, the guidelines take into account noise from wind turbines and leisure activities alongside traffic noise, setting night-time exposure limits of 40-45 decibels depending on the source.

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