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Our Goals

We do not seek to create an absolutely quiet world. However, we do want to see a world where quiet is a regular part of life and where it is possible to listen to the sounds of nature without constant intrusion of machine noise and artificial stimuli.

Our goals include the enactment of new regulations where necessary, including elimination of particularly harmful and unnecessary noise sources; better enforcement of existing noise-limiting regulations; and recognition of the right to quiet, and of the harmful effects of noise to humans, animals, and the natural world in both urban and rural settings.

Regulation and Standard Setting

  • Stricter regulation of aircraft flights over populated areas and national parks
  • Regulation of noise-producing watercraft, especially personal watercraft
  • Manufacturing standards with the goal of producing the quietest products reasonably possible with all noise-producing products and equipment
  • Reduction in permitted hours of "power gardening" such as lawn mowers and electric trimmers
  • Regulation of maximum noise levels of sirens, and reduction in volume when used at night
  • Reduction of maximum noise levels of backup beepers through standard setting, with sensible rules about which vehicles actually need to be equipped with them

Enforcement

  • Enforcement of codes governing allowable noise emanating from outdoor concerts, rallies, and public address systems at sports fields and other public spaces
  • Better enforcement of laws governing unmuffled vehicles, especially "chopper" motorcycles
  • Better enforcement of laws governing amplified music in public spaces where applicable

Transition and Elimination

  • Transition from gas-powered leaf-blowers and other gardening machinery to electric power, which is quieter and does not create air pollution
  • Phase out of audible car alarms and transition to more contemporary, more effective methods of vehicle security
  • Eliminate acoustic deterrent devices from fish-farms, and other uses of noise to terrorize animals
  • Eliminate broadcast of amplified sound from commercial establishments into public spaces
  • Elimination of marine experiments that involve the generation of loud underwater noises, affecting the lives of millions of creatures

Creation and Recognition

  • Creation of noise-free wilderness areas where air traffic would be forbidden
  • Recognition of the need to reduce occupational noise at the source where possible, and ensure workers access to hearing protection
  • Recognition of noise as cruelty to animals - as with pets in stores or homes where loud music is constantly played
  • Voluntary reduction in the amount of amplified sound piped into private establishments such as restaurants, shops, malls, and private medical offices
  • Recognition of safe amplification levels in night clubs and movie theaters

 


Pigments even protect the ear from noise

In the ear, melanin also does important protective work. The inner ear is lined with well-circulated tissue of multiple layers of cells. "It is pigmented and protects from stressful noise," explains Professor Ulrich Schraermeyer, cell biologist at the Centre for Eye Medicine of the University of Cologne. Noise leads to a hyperactivity of cells, which in turn causes the formation of the dangerous "free radicals". Body-balance disorders, too, can occur at a lack of melanin. Quite often albinos - people with low pigmentation - suffer from this "Waardburg Syndrome". Apotheken Umschau (Pharmacies Review), August 2003

- Noiseletter,
Spring 2004

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