Noisey roads alongside other excessive noises caused by modern urban life is predicted to be killing thousands of people in the UK every year according to a new report from the World Health Organisation(WHO).
Noise pollution was found to cause a host of health problems including heart attacks, strokes, deafness as well as distrurbing sleep and affecting children’s ability to learn. The WHO report estimates that 3% of the deaths from heart disease (including heart attacks and strokes) can be traced back to the stress associated with the long-term exposure to noise from traffic, equating to 6,500 deaths a year in the UK.
Noise takes its toll by keeping our bodies in a state of chronic stress, raising blood pressure and increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. 140,000 cases of tinnitus in Britain are also linked to noise pollution.
Noise pollution and its effects have been little known and quantified until now, and with such advice from the World Health Organisation, there should now be much greater emphasis on getting the most appropriate noise mitigation measures in place, as well as ensuring that the noise assessement for new road infrastructure makes use of these new findings.
(Source: The Daily Mail 23rd August 2007)