Maria Fernanda Díaz
Noise Pollution: affecting our calm and our health.
In the last centuries we have seen the progress in our world: the cities have grown, therefore, we have more buildings and more people, technology and industry reach new goals as days go by; nevertheless, the progress has brought negative consequences too. Every day we talk about environmental problems, but not all of them are taken in account. According to K.S. Vijayalakshmi, “It has been revealed that noise is a technology generated problem and that the overall noise doubles every ten years keeping pace with our social and industrial progress”. Ironically, noise pollution is a ‘silent’ enemy in many places around the world. Noise is one of the most common pollutants in the world. The awkward or annoying sounds could be defined as noise; the text Noise pollution- Sources, Effects and Control (2004) says: “Noise is derived from the Latin word “nausea” implying ‘unwanted sound’ or ‘sound that is loud, unpleasant or unexpected’”. Noise pollution has been one of the most ancient problems in human history; although some people do not concern about noise and do not consider that it is a pollutant. The main cause of ignorance about noise pollution is the fact that people do not know how to identify noise. There are multiple sources of noise; these can be found near home, at streets, even in religious celebrations or hospitals. The text Noise pollution- Sources, Effects and Control (2004), mentions TV, music, The use of car horns, the noise on the road, rails or aircraft, factories, industry, loud speakers, etc. as the most common sources of noise. The text also says that, though noise exposure is less in small villages or towns, those villages located near a highway can be affected by significant noise levels. K.S. Vijayalakshmi adds: "As the day rises, the noise level in the different parts of the city increase in and around work places and homes. The peak noise levels are reached in the...
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