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Noise pollution impacts health: Taiwan NGO

Reporter Jamie Lin Pinzon
Release time:2023/08/24 19:16
Last update time:2023/08/24 19:16
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TAIPEI (TVBS News) — As urbanization continues around the world, an increasing number of people must endure daily exposure to traffic noise and man-made disturbances. However, noise pollution can contribute to health problems, as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Academia Sinica, in collaboration with the Soundscape Association of Taiwan, initiated the "Quiet Tracking Project" and trained 25 volunteers to measure noise levels at 182 locations in Taipei. In addition to raising public awareness about environmental noise levels, the project aims to collect data and advocate for legislative changes.

 

According to the WHO, noise in residential areas should not surpass 55 decibels, as noise pollution has been associated with various health concerns, and prolonged exposure to high noise levels could pose health risks.

"If people are exposed to high noise levels for a prolonged period, it can raise their blood pressure and blood sugar because their body is stressed," Chan Ta-chien, a Researcher at Academia Sinica's Research Center for Humanities and Sciences, said. 

Chan emphasized that relying solely on inspections and penalties is ineffective; incorporating green spaces and architectural designs is also essential to mitigate noise and enhance the quality of life.
 

The endeavor to identify tranquil spaces with noise levels below 55 decibels is an ongoing project across Taiwan, with the goal of increasing public awareness regarding the hazards of noise pollution.
 

The Taiwan Briefing

#World Health Organization#noise pollution#Soundscape Association of Taiwan#Academia Sinica#Quiet Tracking Project
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