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  • More traffic in Montevideo, but no more noise

    Despite increasing numbers of motor vehicles, a study with a Brüel & Kjær sound level meter has proven noise levels in the bustling Uruguayan capital city Montevideo have remained relatively stable. The study - carried out by the capital's Administration - used a Bruel & Kjaer Sound Level Meter Type 2250 to measure from 63 different points around the city. The test ...

  • Cutting noise with quiet asphalt and traffic lane management

    Noise pollution affects many Europeans, and for some, it is not only a nuisance - it can also trigger serious disease. Tuesday evening, at a prestigious ceremony in London, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) presented the European Soundscape Award for the first time to raise awareness and recognise initiatives that help reduce noise levels. The winner was ...

  • Road traffic noise increases risk of heart attack

    Noise is a serious and growing environmental problem worldwide. New research reveals that exposure to high levels of road traffic noise increases the risk of heart attacks. These findings add to concerns about the impact of noise on health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that around 40 per cent of the European population is exposed to noise from road traffic exceeding 55 decibels ...

  • Road traffic noise increases risk of diabetes

    Increasing noise levels are a global environmental concern, and have been linked to important health issues, such as heart disease and cognitive development. New Danish research has now shown that it is also associated with an increased risk of diabetes. It has been estimated that approximately a third of the population of the EU is exposed to traffic noise in the home that exceeds World ...

  • Commission finally tackles problem of traffic noise

    Traffic noise has suddenly moved up the EU agenda, with the Commission promising to cut noise from cars, vans, buses and lorries within five years. A proposal due later this year is expected to seek to reduce car noise by four decibels and lorry noise by three. The issue of noise has lagged behind EU efforts to cut air pollutant emissions, but a recent study suggesting that the benefits of ...

  • A quarter of Europe’s population exposed to harmful traffic noise

    ‘Noise in Europe 2014’, published today by the EEA, analyses exposure to noise levels and resulting environmental health problems. The effects of noise are particularly widespread. For the one in four Europeans exposed to noise levels above the ...

  • MEPs back law to curb harmful traffic noise

    Noise limits for cars will be tightened to protect public health, under new rules informally agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new law requires the introduction of labels to inform buyers of the noise levels of new cars, as well as the addition of sound to hybrid and electric vehicles to alert pedestrians. Persistent exposure to high levels of traffic ...


    By European Commission

  • Traffic noise pollution mapped with new mobile phone app

    A new mobile phone application which can help monitor traffic-noise exposure is presented in a recent study. The app, ‘2Loud?’, can measure indoor night-time noise exposure and, given large-scale community participation, could provide valuable data to aid urban planning, the researchers say. In an Australian pilot study, nearly half of participants who used the app found that they ...

  • Traffic noise to become quieter thanks to UN-backed advance

    Road traffic should get quieter in the near future, thanks to a new procedure for measuring noise in vehicles, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The new test, known as the Additional Sound Emissions Provisions (ASEP), is currently under development by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which is managed by the UNECE. “ASEP is a ...


    By United Nations

  • Army Expansion to Impact Air, Water, Traffic, Noise, Wildlife, Energy

    TUCSON, Arizona, September 21, 2007 (ENS) - The U.S. Army projects potentially significant environmental consequences from its planned five year expansion for bases in the United States, particularly in the western states. The impacts are detailed in a newly released Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, PEIS, analyzing the addition of some 30,000 combat support ...

  • Traffic noise exposure usefully assessed by END digital maps

    Digital noise maps developed under the EU’s Environmental Noise Directive (END) are a useful way of assessing traffic noise exposure for local residents, according to a recent Swedish study. The END maps could also be used to standardise noise exposure information in noise and health research. Environmental noise, from sources including road, rail and air traffic, not only causes annoyance ...

  • Air traffic management to balance CO2 emissions and noise pollution

    Speed constraints for aircraft are put in place, at some airports, to minimise noise pollution in local areas, however, such practices can be very fuel-inefficient. New research has now shown that relaxing departure speed limits could substantially reduce CO2 emissions, while maintaining acceptable noise levels. The aviation industry is a major contributor to emissions of greenhouse ...

  • EU draft law to cut traffic noise written by Porsche

    The Environment Committee of the European Parliament will vote next week on noise limits for vehicles. The compromise proposal put forward by the lead MEP has been drafted by sports car manufacturer Porsche. The vote, scheduled for 19 September, will set noise limits from cars, vans, trucks and buses. A so called “compromise amendment”, normally designed to balance the divided views ...

  • Proactive noise protection saves money and trouble - Traffic noise remains serious environmental problem

    Dessau-Roßlau, 26 April 2011. Road traffic remains the greatest source of noise, according to the latest noise survey by the Federal Environment Agency, which polled 70,000 participants. The survey says that road traffic noise and aviation noise are the most annoying. "Efforts to protect the public from traffic noise are not yet adequate in Germany. There are still too many people who ...

  • Traffic noise health impacts second only to air pollution, new WHO report says

    In the EU and Norway, traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting health after air pollution, says a report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) (1). This new health evidence highlights the urgency of adopting more stringent EU vehicle noise standards, according to health, environment and sustainable transport campaigners. The European Commission is ...

  • Traffic noise health impacts second only to air pollution, new WHO report says

    Traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting our health in Europe, after air pollution, according to a report published today by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) hope the report will ensure policy makers take traffic noise seriously and act now to reduce it. According to the WHO study (1), 1.8% of heart attacks in high income European ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Smart Eye Traffic Cameras go online with Envirologger

    The smart eye traffic monitoring system is now compatible with the Envirologger products. The camera is able to count, classify and determine the speed of road traffic in up to four lanes of counter flowing traffic without the need for induction loops which cause road surface damage and disruption. The camera now connects to the logger and data is ‘pushed’ back via an Envirologger ...


    By Envirologger Limited

  • Smart eye traffic cameras go online with Envirologger

    The smart eye traffic monitoring system is now compatible with the Envirologger products. The camera is able to count, classify and determine the speed of road traffic in up to four lanes of counter flowing traffic without the need for induction loops which cause road surface damage and disruption. The camera now connects to the logger and data is ‘pushed’ back via ...


    By Envirologger Limited

  • Casella called to assist the Spanish traffic police

    Casella Spain has been selected by the Spanish Traffic Police to participate in a working group assessing data provided by the instruments included in a month-long trial of roadside monitoring enclosure systems (Romons) under strict motorway testing conditions. Casellas integrated Romon, that encompasses, for the first time, both ambient gas and particulates and environmental noise equipment in ...


    By Casella

  • Traffic pollution hotspots to be revealed ‘live’ in London

    A pioneering network of sensors could make the traffic build-ups that cause pollution hotspots a thing of the past. The ‘Pioneers 09’ showcase event on March 4th will be the first time that real-time data from the network has gone on public display. ‘Pioneers 09’ is being held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London and organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ...

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