Sound is a natural phenomenon and is essential in our daily life. A world without sound is unimaginable. But, what can be done when this sound turns out to be a nuisance and produces discomfort in our ears? It is then noise pollution. Let’s see how the sound becomes pollution and how it can be harmful to the environment.
Most of us are used to the sounds we hear in everyday life. Loud music, the television set, people talking on their phone, the traffic and vehicle horns, and even pets barking in the middle of the night. All of these have become a part of the urban culture and rarely disturb us. However, when the sound of the television set irritates you and distracts you from sleeping all night or the traffic starts to give Environment you a headache, it stops becoming just noise and starts turning into noise pollution. For many of us, the concept of pollution is limited to nature and resources. However, noise that tends to disrupt the natural rhythm of life makes for one solid pollutant.
Noise pollution takes place when there is either excessive amount of noise or an unpleasant sound that causes temporary disruption in the natural balance. This definition is usually applicable to sounds or noises that are unnatural in either their volume or their production. Our environment is such that it has become difficult to escape noise. Even electrical appliances at home have a constant hum or beeping sound. By and large, lack of urban planning increases the exposure to unwanted sounds. This is why understanding noise pollution is necessary to curb it in time.
It is not only humans who are affected by the noise; the animals and birds also are affected. For example, water animals are subjected to noise by submarines and big ships on the ocean, and chainsaw operations by timber companies create extreme noise to animals in the forests.
(Read the full article from the June issue of Safety Messenger 2015)