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Global Issue: Noise Pollution

Noise pollution in India, China, and London

Dominique De Vera

on 11 June 2013

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By: Dominique De Vera
Global Issue: Noise Pollution
Mrs. Wienholz
World History, Period 1
Statistics and Charts
Statistics And Charts
Statistics and Charts
Prevention and Organizations
Prevention and Organizations
Prevention and Organizations
Thank You for your Attention!
Noise pollution is the disturbance of irritating sounds distributed throughout its surrounding environment, specifically in a large, urban region-the big city! Airplanes, jets, extremely loud music such as concerts, and automobiles in general mainly contribute to noise pollution. Noise pollution is one of the main causes of deafness and the disruption of verbal communications. Around the world, specifically in China, India, and London, people who live in urban cities or live in an active area suffer high levels of noise pollution. Noise pollution is measured with Sound Level Meters and its measurement is dB, or Decibel.
What is Noise Pollution?
<This chart was created in 2007
This chart was created in 2003 >
Noise pollution
is definitely not
environmentally friendly.
According to the 2007 survey, about 60-80% of people living in the urban cities have reported that road traffic is main source of noise pollution
Noise pollution is one of India's most concerned environmental issues among air pollution and deforestation
In 2007, about 53% have reported that they easily get irritated and they most likely think negativity, and it is difficult to look at the bright side of life. On the other hand, 68% have reported that they have hearing or sleeping problems.
In the past decade and in 2008, India's most important significant city of heritage, Jaipur, have increased the population of automobiles-this increased the levels irritation, deafness, and lack of sleep according to the citizens
Religious festivals: Diwali, Ganesh Chaturhi, and Navratri unfortunately contribute to noise pollution.
Think twice about blasting your music through your headphones! You might not be able to listen to music ever again!
The bar graph (left) generally explains and describes India's ear-popping contributions to noise pollution. There are 9 different locations chosen to examine the active environment. Road traffic noise weighs heavily and appears frequently on the bar graph compared to other factors such as social gatherings and construction work. Factories and machinery secondly adds to the pollution next to road traffic noise.
Doctor Bu Xingkuan is the director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention Deafness and Hearing impairment; and he concluded that millions of Chinese suffer from hearing problems
National Ear Care Day was established in March 3, 2000 to raise awareness in noise pollution and to protect people from losing their hearing; however it remained a challenge because of China's growing economy-more factories and improvements in transportation
In October 29, 1996, China adapted a constitution-like document called the "Law of People's Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Pollution from Environmental Noise" which set high standards on protecting the environment, the people, the penalties if an individual breaks one the 64 Articles, and how to maintain how levels of noise
Quick Example: music playing from stereos and stereos have volume limits
According to the map's color-coded legend, the noise level in average is mainly red (60-65), orange (55-60), and purple (70-75). Those noise levels are pretty high.
(left) Noise map of Central London in 1999
Locations: Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Green Park, River Thames, St. James's Park, Houses of Parliament, Westminister Abbey, Buckingham Palace
The noise level map was commissioned by the Department for Environment as well as the Food and Rural Affairs to understand where most of the noise is located to lower down its levels. Using computer software, scientists predict areas where noise pollution could be high and calculate its concentrations. Noise pollution commonly occurs in roads, airports, and railways.
< Noise level map in Shenzen, China in 2009
According to the executive director of the Clocell Acoustics Solutions, Liu Tao, concluded that about 75% of residents have reported and complained their concerns about the pollution in Shenzen. Purple levels, where noise pollution is at the lowest level have dB lower than 40, which is really good. However, areas color-coded red have very high noise pollution about 75 or higher dB-about 70% or higher chance of having hearing problems.
Commercial areas are urban cities and industrial areas are places where factories and construction are active. On both charts, noise pollution occurs more during the day than at night. Each city on average have high noise pollution levels. On the contrary, industrial areas have more noise pollution than commercial areas.
In 2008, police, scientists, and environmentalists in Shanghai constantly evaluated the city' roads, highways, and expressways.
The Three-Year Environmental Protection Plan has been controlling and maintaining Noise Pollution for four years.
China's capital, Beijing has the highest levels of noise pollution of the entire country.
Several years later, On December 12, 2011, about 62% of residents expressed satisfaction on the improved levels of noise pollution.
Noise pollution has increased over the years because of the improvement of industrialization and China’s economy. According to a 2010 survey, more than twenty five million Chinese have hearing problems.
Around 2002, State governments in India became more strict on firecrackers, sirens, horns, loudspeakers, and stereos. Residents who desire to use the following items (above) must have a written permission from their authorities especially loudspeakers.
Around the early 2000's, the Noise Pollution Regulation Control created prestigious standards that meets good air quality and low levels of noise for residents to enjoy quietness and a peace of mind.
In 2010, India’s Air Prevention and Control of Pollution is concerned about India’s uncertain future when the majority of the population is deaf.
The State Government have categorized areas that are residential, commercial, industrial, areas/zones that are considered to be silent to regulate noise pollution levels to the supposed standards; noise in industrial areas must be lowered as possible!
State government created time schedules when a noisy product could be used like firecrackers from 10 PM to 6AM.
The Noise at Work Regulations became active at January 1, 1990 to investigate London's noise pollution levels.
Noise pollution became a debatable topic if the problem is severe or not because scholars, researchers, and scientists have reported that about 16% of individuals aged 18 to 85 has hearing problems. They claimed that noise pollution is not a big deal.
London had experienced noise pollution for about 300 years ever since the ever since the Industrial Revolution begun in the late 1700's.
In December 2, 2003, millions of people reported noise complaints-this shows that noise pollution have increased in severe levels.
According to the London Health Observatory (this is bizarre), but noisy neighbors, burglar alarms, and dogs that are constantly barking contribute to noise pollution.
In 2007, the National Ambient Noise Strategy helped scientists and environmentalists to reduce noise levels, especially in urban areas.
When noise pollution worsened, the Noise at Work Regulations of 1989 came into action at January 1, 1990 to decrease the harmful levels of noise in London.
The Firework Act 2003 and Firework Regulations 2004 strictly controlled the use of fireworks in public places. Individuals under the age of 18 who use fireworks and gets caught will be banned from using it.
The Building Regulations 2000 established standards for construction workers to install soundproof insulation.
In 1974, the Control of Pollution Act, or COPA have to make sure that the noise in construction sites and on the streets are maintained carefully to desired standards.
In 1996, the Noise Act have the right to confiscate any items that caused large amounts of noise especially at night.
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