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Issue March 2017

Noise

Impacts and protection

Editorial


Loud, louder, noise

Foreword by Michael Sailer, CEO, Oeko-Institut

If like me you live in Hessen, and close to Frankfurt Airport at that, you are bound to be familiar with the subject of noise. But it is not only near airports that people are being subjected to ever-increasing noise pollution. Many of us are finding that traffic noise, the sound of construction work or the noise of loud machinery such as lawnmowers gets on our nerves. Sometimes the noise is temporary – the house is built, the noise stops – but nevertheless, we are often exposed for long periods to decibel levels that can affect our wellbeing and even our health.

Here at the Oeko-Institut we have been working on the subject of noise for some time. Our detailed work began with our involvement with the various stages of the expansion of Frankfurt Airport. For more than 15 years we have been assisting the opposing parties with mediation and providing them with independent...

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Loud, louder, noise

In Focus


The roar of the turbines

Combating aviation noise

Not many things are as loud as a jet plane. During take-off the noise is about 140 decibels (dB). For comparison, the twittering of a bird is about 50 dB, and very loud traffic noise reaches 80 dB. As a means of transport, there is no substitute yet for aeroplanes: for the present, the economy cannot do without them and we depend on them for our holidays too. But people living near airports have a right to be protected from noise pollution. Who is responsible for this noise... more

The roar of the turbines

Mind the noise!

The effects of traffic noise

On the race circuit in Abu Dhabi Nico Rosberg is doing lap after lap as he chases the World Championship title. The noise that he makes is for many the sound of freedom and the weekend. In the night after the Formula One race a lorry drives past the house. The noise that it makes forces us to close the windows. How we perceive noise depends partly on our subjective feelings about the source; it is influenced by our sensibilities and by the situation in which we find ourselves. But... more

Mind the noise!

“The long-term impacts of noise need researching”

Interview with Dr Irene van Kamp (RIVM)

A study over the course of a lifetime? The psychologist Dr Irene van Kamp is an advocate of long-term analyses. She has been researching the effect of noise for many years, currently at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven. In addition to her specific research, the noise expert is active in various national, European and international organisations and projects. She was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Quality... more

“The long-term impacts of noise need researching”

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