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What are the Health Effects of Airport Noise and Airport Pollution?
Airport noise and pollution linked to increased health problems
Dear EarthTalk: What are the health and environmental issues associated with the airport noise and air pollution at airports?
-- John Cermak, via e-mail
Researchers have known for years that exposure to excessively-loud noise can cause changes in blood pressure as well as changes in sleep and digestive patterns -- all signs of stress on the human body. The very word “noise” itself derives from the Latin word “noxia,” which means injury or hurt.
Airport Noise and Pollution Increases Risk for Illness
Perhaps even more alarming, the European Commission, which governs the European Union (E.U.), considers living near an airport to be a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke, as increased blood pressure from noise pollution can trigger these more serious maladies. The E.U. estimates that 20 percent of Europe’s population -- or about 80 million people -- are exposed to airport noise levels it considers unhealthy and unacceptable.
Airport Noise Affect’s Children
Citizen Groups Concerned About Effects of Airport Noise and
Another group working on this issue is Chicago’s Alliance of Residents Concerning O’Hare, which lobbies and conducts extensive public education campaigns in an effort to cut noise and pollution and rein in expansion plans at the world’s busiest airport. According to the group, five million area residents may be suffering adverse health effects as a result of O’Hare, only one of four major airports in the region.
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