It may be something that is taken for granted. If an extra lane on a highway is
needed, then sure, they are going to need to be noisy whilst constructing. Or maybe
you think ‘well the plane has to fly over something’.
In an increasingly urban and industrial world, reducing noise pollution is no easy
task. There are, however, many ways noise pollution can be reduced both
individually and internationally, preventing harm to ourselves and
harm to nature . Noise pollution is a growing concern and more
prevalent than it should be.
Airports and Air Traffic Noise
The Fight Against Noise From Airports and Air Traffic
Airports and air traffic are two of the largest producers of noise pollution and with so
many big cities located near an airport, aircraft come in all directions often creating
so much noise pollution that the ground vibrates.
The past year has, in fact, seen a rise in action on noise pollution created by airports
and aircraft. Gatwick Airport in the UK, for example, has launched a monitoring tool
for people living under flight paths near to the airport in a bid to properly assess the
levels of noise pollution that they have to deal with and registering how often it
exceeds the limit.
The Noise Can Be Registered But What Can Be Done about It?
It may seem a hard task to reduce the noise pollution made by such huge vehicles
driven by propellers and jet propulsion but there are actually many innovative
approaches that can be applied. Amsterdam is a good example of somewhere that appreciates how important it is to
look after its city and people by continuously researching and applying new methods
against noise pollution. The most recent of these was meticulously designed land art
which diverts the low frequency drone that planes make when taking off.
Cars and Highways Noise
What Can Be Done About Traffic Noise
Pollution From Ground Vehicles?
Cars and highways are a more constant source of noise pollution. The everyday
effects they have on the environment is indisputable, something made clear by
Paris’s recent car-free day . With 30% of the city being made officially off limits to
vehicles for one day, noise pollution dropped by 50% whilst other forms of pollution
dropped by similar percentages. This test was not to promote a city without transport
but to highlight that more can be done in a battle against noise, and other, types of
Luckily, this is gradually becoming a worldwide issue with places, such asCosta
Rica joining the fight against noise pollution by implementing strict noise limits and
fines for loud vehicles. Cities and people can change this by using bikes and electric cars more. Walking or
getting a bus to work instead of driving. If these options become more popular, or
mandated by the government, the effects on noise pollution would be drastic. Sirens,
car horns and other alert noise would be quieter because the revving of engines
would not be as loud.
Technologically there are also important changes that can be implemented. Again,
the Netherlands has been a leading country against this problem and even
manipulated noise pollution to the planet’s benefit. Recently, noise-reduction
barriers that also generate solar energy are being installed alongside busy highways in the
It was also recently found that bamboo is a far more effective sound absorber than
concrete possessing an incredible ability to absorb sound. Bamboo fences are also
being tested alongside highways as an alternative to big ugly slabs of concrete.
There needs to be greater attention towards these natural inventions not just by
governments and organisations but also within cities and towns and homes.
Reduce the City Noise, Be Proactive!
Better urban planning is needed. The creation of ‘NoNoise’
zones where many noises are not allowed is an important step for cities. Noise should be restricted after
certain hours unless in specific zones or areas where noise may be allowed and
properly dealt with.
Controlling sound in housing areas is another important step that needs to be made.
Believe it or not, effectively designed layouts, houses, walls and social spaces can
half the amount of sound that occurs there. On top of this, if there are noise laws
within your local community enforce these and if there are not investigate into getting
them put in place.
Noise pollution is a widespread issue but it is not inevitable. Cutting down on the
main causes of excessive sound means that other sounds will not have to be as
loud. The evolution of technology offers some hope with engines and noises
hopefully declining but it is important that people and cities do all they can to avoid
the things that pollute the atmosphere and engage in activities that reduce noise
If you want further consultation about noise pollution that may be affecting you or
have already decided to take action against an output and would like it tested and
analysed, contact the Noise Monitoring Services today on (323) 546-9902
. As a company of engineers with advanced degrees in acoustical engineering, we can offer sound
measurement and monitoring and consulting on any source and measurement of