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Georgia area, Townsend, "Air Force and National Guard Want to Fly Combat Exercises Year-Round Over Coastal Georgia" (Nov. 29, 1997). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Georgia National Guard want to conduct combat exercises year-round with low-flying jet aircraft over coastal Georgia near Townsend. The proposal is being opposed by some civilian aviators and local government officials, who believe the military's plans would compromise air safety, cause noise pollution on the ground, and discourage business and vacation travelers from landing in the area. Public comments are being accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration on the proposal through Monday.
Georgia, Alpharetta, "Alpharetta, Georgia Fedex Packaging Facility Raises Residential Noise Concerns" (Apr. 24, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that the Alpharetta City Council is delaying approval of a proposed 88,000-square-foot Federal Express office and distribution center while it considers the noise concerns of area residents.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Atlanta Airport's Master Plan Will Include New Noise Projections and Contour Lines" (Aug. 28, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that the new master plan for Hartsfield International Airport, expected to be completed next spring, will include updated noise projections and new noise contour lines that show the concentrations of noise around the airport. The plan also will project what the contour lines will look like five years into the future, according to Deputy General Manager Andy Bell. Airport officials held three-day workshops last week in Jonesboro, College Park, and south Fulton County to update residents on the master planning process and gather public input, the article notes.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Atlanta Airport Expansion Disturbs Historic District" (Dec. 14, 1997). According to the Atlanta Journal, an airport expansion option released Friday by a committee advising Hartsfield shows the possibility of a new runway north of the existing airport--a runway College Park Mayor Jack Longino believes would direct jets over his house and could mean construction in areas of the city near Woodward Academy, which sits in the historic district.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Atlanta Area Communities Say Airport Expansion Is At Their Expense" (Dec. 8, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that the dollar cost for expanding Atlanta, Georgia's Hartsfield Airport may exceed $9.5 billion. But the cost in community dislocation may be even higher.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Committee Wary Of Atlanta Airport Expansion" (Dec. 13, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that a committee advising Hartsfield International Airport took a preliminary vote Friday against expanding the present airfield, but kept three options for handling growth on the table. Only one of those three calls for a sixth runway ---and it would be built on the north side of the airport.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Loud Noise Can Delay Language Skills in Children, Research Finds" (May 8, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that a new study in the Journal of Environment and Behavior by Cornell University researchers has found that loud noise can delay reading skills and language acquisition skills in children. Children cope with the loud noise by "tuning out" many sounds, including human speech, the study found.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Georgia Planners Gear Up for Increasing Business Sector Air Traffic at General Aviation Airports" (Nov. 17, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that because businesses are increasingly owning their own fleets of jets, general aviation airports in the Atlanta area are booming. According to Bill Peratta, senior planner for the Atlanta Regional Commission, takeoffs and landings at these airports now outnumber commercial airliner takeoffs and landings at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport. Planners in the area are beginning to think about how to help general aviation airports manage the future air traffic growth, including how to deal with noise pollution and transportation congestion issues.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Study Says Noise Acceptable from Georgia Firing Range; Neighbors Disagree" (Apr. 15, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports a study of noise from a Georgia police firing range shows that noise levels acceptable.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Noise Matters: Ban Leaf Blowers, Buy Rakes" (Jan. 10, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports that noise matters. It points to the clash over leaf blowers in Los Angeles ---a battle that has drawn national attention and counts among its supporters actress Julie Newmar, a leaf-blower hater.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Navy Jets Practice Landings at Atlanta Base Too Loud for Residents" (May 7, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports many Atlanta, Georgia, residents are annoyed by the noise from the Navy's Blue Dolphins practicing carrier landings at Naval Air Station Atlanta.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Atlanta Columnist Explains What Must Happen for Erection of a Noise Barrier" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution prints a question and answer column, which includes a question about why noise barriers have not been installed in front of certain highway-noise-impacted properties. The columnist answers that several criteria -- including a maximum cost per residence and a requirement that a noise wall must be part of a highway widening project -- must be met beyond the minimum 69 decibels of noise impact to qualify an area for a wall.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Residents Around Dekalb-Peachtree Airport In Atlanta, Georgia Oppose Expansion Project" (Aug. 2, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a plan to rezone 3.5 acres at 765-acre Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, Georgia for a new corporate hangar is being vehemently opposed by residents, saying they want no more jet traffic at the airport: already Georgia's second largest. An active community group wants to prevent all expansion at the airport.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Georgia Institute of Technology Researcher Develops "Quiet Curtain"; Noise Shielding Material and Fabric Can Reduce Noise By 12 Decibels" (Aug. 16, 1999). Design News reports that a Georgia Institute of Technology Researcher has developed a "quiet curtain" that can reduce noise by 12 decibels.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Atlanta Restaurants Are Getting Louder; Diners Weigh Exciting Atmosphere Against Agitating Noise" (Jun. 10, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that restaurants in Atlanta are louder than they were ten years ago. Some venues are noisy by design in an attempt to convey an exciting atmosphere; these places may play louder music, and furnish their establishments with metal, cement, wood, tile and other smooth surfaces that tend to reflect sound. Some restaurants are noisy because they tend to draw larger groups, or because of the materials they are furnished with. Restaurants that want to be quieter can install carpets over smooth floors that reflect noise, and place sound-absorbing paneling in ceilings and walls.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Residents Near Georgia Tech in Atlanta Complain that Supplemental Student Housing Ruins Their Neighborhoods' Peace and Appearance" (Dec. 2, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a series of 35-foot tall duplexes, constructed to house students from Georgia Tech and Georgia State, annoy many residents of Atlanta. Residents complain about parking issues, trash and noise. City officials are working to enforce parking and noise restrictions more stringently, and to change zoning that allows duplexes.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Woodworker Wonders Why His Bandsaw Makes Such a Racket" (Apr. 9, 2000). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a reader recently asked for help in determining the cause of extremely loud noise from his bandsaw. The newspaper's woodworking expert, Jack Warner, attempts to answer the question.
Georgia, Atlanta, "Atlanta Plans Beefed-up Public Safety and Noise Ordinance Enforcement Presence in Buckhead District for St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebrations" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that Atlanta's Buckhead bar district is planning on huge crowds during the upcoming St. Patrick's Day weekend, and the city is preparing ahead of time to make sure that the area is well patrolled for safety and crowd control, and to make sure that the city noise ordinance is enforced.
Georgia, Augusta, "Reader Expresses Concern Over Jet Noise at Upcoming Augusta, Georgia Skyfest 2000" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Augusta, Georgia Chronicle published reader comments on a variety of topics in its "Rants and Raves" column. One is from a reader who expresses concern about noise at Skyfest 2000. The comments are reprinted here in their entirety:
Georgia, Austell, "Austell, Georgia Railway Construction Site Produces Noise Complaints from Residents" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that construction work on the Norfolk Southern Railway train-to-truck transfer station in Austell, Georgia has angered residents in the small town because much of the work is done at night and prevents them from sleeping. County Commissioner Woody Thompson has come to the aid of the residents by issuing a formal complaint to the city of Austell, requesting enforcement of its noise ordinance, prohibition of nighttime work at the site, and watering of the site to prevent dust from filling the air around area homes.
Georgia, Bibb County, "Bibb County, Georgia Transportation Plan Likely to Include Highway Noise Barriers" (Mar. 29, 2000). The Macon Telegraph reports Bibb County, Georgia's transportation improvement plan and long-range transportation study are currently being updated. Draft plans will be available for public review next month.
Georgia, Cobb County, "Georgia County Commission Decides to Test Noise Levels From Firing Range in Response to Resident Complaints" (Oct. 23, 1997). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that Eugene Holder, a resident of Cobb County, Georgia, has been lobbying county officials to do something about the noise from a firing range that opened near his home three years ago. Last week, Cobb County commissioners voted to spend $16,503 for experts to analyze how loud the gunfire is when it reaches Holder's neighborhood.
Georgia, College Park, "Residents of Housing Project Near Georgia Airport to be Relocated" (Aug. 6, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports residents of Lottie Miller Homes public housing project in College Park, Georgia, should soon get relief from airplane noise roaring overhead day and night, a city lawyer said this week.
Georgia, College Park, "Georgia Town to Send Officials to Airport Noise Symposium" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports concerned about airport noise and expansion, members of the College Park City Council will return to Sand Diego in February for the 1999 Airport Noise Symposium.
Georgia, Coweta County, "Georgia County Commissioners Turn Down Request for Helicopter Pad in Residential Area" (May 28, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports that the Coweta County (Georgia) Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 last week to reject a request for a special-use permit for a helicopter port at a residence. The article notes that the commissioners expressed concern over noise and safety issues related to the request.
Georgia, Dekalb, "Federal Grant Funds Relocation Program for Residents Near Georgia's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport" (Sep. 18, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports a relocation program will be funded with a federal grant for residents who live near Georgia's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.
Georgia, Forest Park, "Forest Park, Georgia Residents Upset at Hartsfield International Airport's Failure to Include the City in Negotiations over Approval of a Fifth Runway" (Oct. 15, 1999). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that residents of Forest Park, Georgia are upset that Hartsfield International Airport hasn't been including the city in negotiations over a fifth runway. County authorities negotiated several conditions for approval of the runway, including compensation for lost tax revenue and the promise of attracting new commerce to the area. The County Commissioner promised that their noise abatement program would be the "best in the world", but residents who already endure aircraft noise from the existing runways don't believe it
Georgia, Fulton County, "Clay Shooting Range in Jenkins County, Georgia Prohibited from Operating on Sundays" (Apr. 10, 2000). The Fulton County Daily Report reports that a clay shooting range at Hanging Rocks Plantation in Jenkins County, Georgia had a lawsuit filed against it last year by Leroy Clayton, who complained of noise from the firing range. He won the case, and in March the shooting range was told it must not conduct sport shooting on Sundays on property adjacent to Clayton's land. Clayton was not awarded monetary damages in the case.
Georgia, Gwinnett, "GA County Says Yes to Outdoor Music for Restaurants but Noise Ordinance Still in Effect" (Jun. 25, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports for the second time in recent months, county commissioners in Gwinnett, Georgia, changed the alcohol law to allow restaurants to play music outside their buildings.
Georgia, Gwinnett County, "Georgia Residents Oppose Metal Recycler Fearing Noise" (May 20, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports that despite outraged neighbors, planning commissioners in Gwinnett County, Georgia, approved the building of a metal recycler.
Georgia, Lake City, "Letter to the Editor in Lake City, Georgia Accuses Atlanta Airport Officials of Lying to Gain Support for a Proposed New Runway" (Jun. 3, 1999). The Atlanta Journal prints a letter to the editor that accuses the city of Atlanta of unfairly exploiting surrounding communities with Hartsfield International Airport's proposed fifth runway. The runway was originally to be for commuter traffic only, but there is already talk of expansion to support jets. The letter also mentions a previous promise broken by the airport to fly a designated path that would reduce noise. The author calls for another major airport in another area of Atlanta to more fairly distribute air-traffic impacts.
Georgia, Lookout Mountain, "Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, Georgia Rezoned As Business Conference District Despite Protests from Residents; Prompts Consideration of Noise Limitations" (Sep. 17, 1999). The Chattanooga Times reports that an 18-room estate in Lookout Mountain, Georgia was rezoned as a family/business conference district which permits "business functions, educational retreats and social gatherings" such as weddings. Partly as a result of the rezoning, the Council is considering a noise ordinance. Residents believe the rezoning will increase traffic, noise, and commerce in the area.
Georgia, Lookout Mountain, "Potential Noise from Bands at a Proposed Venue for Social Events Concerns Residents of Lookout Mountain, Georgia; Concerns May Spark Creation of a Noise Ordinance" (Sep. 9, 1999). The Chattanooga Times reports that a request by a company in Lookout Mountain, Georgia to rezone a large residential estate so it may host social events there has residents concerned about noise. The city will consider a noise ordinance at their next meeting that might quell fears that there will be no noise limits imposed on the venue. The owners of the business say they planned all along to set noise limits if their rezoning request is approved.
Georgia, Newton County, "Georgia County Commission Considers Broad Noise Ordinance" (Sep. 11, 1997). The Atlanta Journal reports that County Commissioners in Newton County, Georgia are considering adopting a noise ordinance that would limit a wide range of noises, including excessive noise from car horns, loud music, noisy animals, and ice cream truck music.
Georgia, Rockdale County, "Bottling Plant in Georgia Works to Resolve its Noise Problem" (Oct. 15, 1998). The Atlanta Journal reports residents in the Georgia towns of Covington and Oxford soon will get relief from the noise of a nearby bottling plant.
Georgia, Savannah, "Beaufort, Georgia Air Station to Generate More Jet Noise as Navy and Marines Begin to Share Base" (Mar. 17, 2000). The Savannah Morning News reports that the U.S. Navy is going to begin sharing space with the Marines at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, Georgia. Twenty-two Navy jets will mean that more than 100 planes will be at Beaufort, and the base's active-duty population will be increased by 500 people.
Georgia, Savannah, "Mixed Opinions on New Gulfstream IV Business Jet" (Apr. 1, 2000). Business and Commercial Aviation reports that the Gulfstream IV business jet, which was announced by Gulfstream Aerospace in the early 1980s, has not lived up to expectations. One positive result, however, is "unmatched low noise levels" inside the jet's cabin. The rest of the article discusses other performance features of the Gulfstream IV.
Georgia, Walton County, "Georgia County Considers Fining Owners of Barking Dogs" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that the Walton County (Georgia) Commission is proposing a new animal-control ordinance that would fine the owners of dogs that are a nuisance. The article says that specific penalties have not yet been proposed, but the commissioners are seeking to make dog-owners pay fines for dogs that bark excessively or stray too close to their neighbor's property.
Germany, "Zeppelins Revived by Original Builder's Relative" (Jan. 22, 1997). Zeppelins were a popular form of air travel prior to World War II, according to a Los Angeles Time article. At that time, zeppelins in Germany were melted down to be used as raw materials for the war, and warplanes with their engine noise replaced the quiet zeppelins.
Germany, Berlin, "Noise Levels Rise in Europe to Unhealthy Levels" (Mar. 27, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports noise is a problem in all major cities in Europe, and environmentalists and social scientists believe the shrieks and roars of urban life may cause serious long-term health effects.
Germany, Bonn, "German Government Approves Aircraft Emissions and Noise Proposals" (Sep. 17, 1997). AFX News reports Germany's federal cabinet has approved a collection of proposals from the transportation and environment ministries that aim to reduce aircraft emissions and noise, according to a joint statement from the ministries. The statement also said that aircraft noise and emissions reduction would be encouraged through financial incentives -- for example, the tax break for the use of jet fuel could be eliminated, and taxes on aircraft take-offs and landings could be restructured.
Germany, Cologne, "German Acoustic Designer Transforms Bothersome Noise Into "Pleasant Sounds"" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that Axel Rudolph, an acoustic designer in Cologne, Germany, designs sound systems that change irksome noise into sounds that people prefer to hear. According to Rudolph, noise profoundly influences people's feelings, but the field of acoustic design is in its early stages. The article goes on to outline some of Rudoph's projects and other applications for acoustic design.
Germany, Dresden, "Czech Recycled Noise Barrier Manufacturer Secures Contracts with Sweden, Possibly Germany" (Oct. 17, 1997). CTK Business News Wire reports that Bohemiaelast, a Czech producer of noise barriers made from recycled tires, has secured contracts with Sweden and currently is holding talks with the German area of Saxony, according to Zdenek Bohdanecky of Bohemiaelast.
Germany, Frankfurt, "German Cabinet Approves New Plan to Reduce Noise and Air Pollution from Jets" (Sep. 19, 1997). The Journal of Commerce reports that the German Cabinet this week approved a new air-traffic environmental plan that calls for taxation of aircraft fuel and stricter requirements for aircraft to minimize harmful noise and air emissions. The plan was jointly proposed by the government ministries of Transportation and the Environment, the article notes.
Germany, Frankfurt, "Frankfurt, Germany's Airport Takes Proactive Stance on Noise as Part of Its Expansion Plan to Stay Number One Cargo Hub In Europe" (Sep. 21, 1999). The Journal of Commerce reports that the Airport in Frankfurt Germany, which is currently the number one cargo-hub in Europe, is trying to insure that it will stay at the top. Future expansion plans may add a fourth runway, new aircraft parking, and a new terminal. Noise measures that were undertaken to stem noise-related objections to expansion have resulted in 98% of the airports aircraft being in the quieter category. The Airport's location, and the fact that the second-largest air-cargo company in the world is based there, helps to keep Frankfurt competitive.
Germany, Hamburg, "Children Near Munich Airport Stressed by Aircraft Noise" (Mar. 23, 1998). The AAP Newsfeed in Overseas News reports that a German medical journal says aircraft noise stresses children according to the results of a study conducted around the new Munich airport.
Germany, Karlsruhe, "German Court Rules in Favor of Neighbors; Enforces Quiet Times at Home" (Jun. 26, 1998). AP Worldstream reports Germany's Constitutional Court refused Friday to hear an appeal of a controversial ruling that came from a neighbor's complaints about noise coming from a house for mentally handicapped men.
Germany, Munich, "German Scientists Find that Nocturnal Traffic Noise Negatively Affects Health" (Oct. 1, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that two German scientists have completed research on the precise health effects of nocturnal traffic noise. According to the article, they have found that nighttime traffic noise not only disturbs sleep but also encourages psychosomatic illnesses, shortens the period of deep, dream-rich REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, lengthens the phase of light slumber, and may cause cardio-circulatory problems. The findings are published in the medical journal "Fortschritte der Medizin."
Germany, Munich, "Study Shows Aircraft Noise Effects Health Of Children" (Feb. 17, 1998). The Washington Post reports that chronic exposure to airplane noise can affect the health and psychological well-being of young children, according to a team of international researchers who studied children living in the flight path of a new international airport near Munich, Germany.
Germany, Munich, "Swiss Air Warns Switzerland that Higher National Requirements for Compensation of Noise-Affected Residents Will Reduce Its Ability to Compete Internationally" (Jul. 14, 1999). Flight International reports that Swiss Air has warned Switzerland's government that an increase in what they must pay to residents who deal with aircraft noise and must soundproof their homes will cripple their ability to compete nationally. Ticket prices would rise by about $5.25 each. Swiss Air says that it has invested heavily in newer, quieter aircraft and they shouldn't be asked to pay the additional money.
Germany, Warendorf, "German Judge Rules that Couple Must Quiet Their Love-Making" (Aug. 19, 1997). The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that a judge ruled Tuesday that a German couple from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia will have to quiet their love-making or else risk a fine of up to 500,000 marks ($275,000). The judge ruled that failure to comply with the court order also could lead to a prison sentence. The case was brought by a neighbor tired of hearing the noise next door, the article says.
Germany, Warendorf, "German Court Asks Couple to Make Love to Test Noise Levels After Complaints From Neighbors" (Jun. 12, 1997). The Mirror reports that a magistrate in Warendorf, Germany has asked a couple to make love so that officials can check how noisy they are, after complaints from neighbors about the noise levels. The article says the magistrate first asked the couple if they would move, but when they said they wouldn't, they agreed to have their noise levels monitored.
Glendale, "California Town's Support of Curfew Critical in Ending Airport Battle" (May 27, 1999). According to the Daily News of Los Angeles, a turnover in airport commissioners from the Glendale City Council has resulted in an imminent end to a four year battle with the city of Burbank over a noise curfew and the expansion of the airport terminal.
Gloucestershire Echo, "Cheltenham, England Outdoor Festival to Proceed Despite Noise Complaints from Residents" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Gloucestershire Echo reports that residents near the Cheltenham racecourse in England are concerned about a four-day outdoor event to be held in August called the Greenbelt Festival, which brings in 8,000 festivalgoers. The borough council will decide tomorrow whether to grant the event an entertainment license for this year's festival. Most public officials have no opposition to the event. Many residents complained about the event at a recent public meeting.
Grand Canyon, "Number of Flights Over Grand Canyon May Be Frozen as Early As January In Order To Restore Natural Quiet to the Park" (Jul. 26, 1999). The Arizona Republic reports that federal officials may freeze the number of flights passing over the Grand Canyon as early as January. Many of the 250,000 hikers and rafters that come to experience the wilderness of the park each year applaud the measure, but air tour operators claim that some of their 800,000 passengers will be deprived of that experience. The two-year freeze is meant to restore quiet to 50% of the park for 75% of the day, as ordered by a 12-year old federal law, and noise will be monitored throughout that time to determine how much quiet has been restored. The FAA hopes to meet the mandated goal by 2008. The $151 million air-tour industry stands to lose $25.5 million each year for ten years.
Grand Canyon National Park, "Increasing Air Tours Pollute Our National Parks" (Jul. 1994). National Parks Magazine reports that an increase in tourist air flights, in conjunction with other air traffic, is destroying the peace and solitude which many seek when visiting national parks. More than 100 of the 367 units of the National Park System are being negatively affected by air traffic. The flights are also disturbing the parks' wildlife. Government officials are just waking up to the cause of preserving the peace in our parks. The controversy lies in the fact that the parks do not employ or control the flight operators.
Grand Canyon National Park, "Environmentalists and Private Boaters Say Noise From Motorized Tour Boats Degrade the Grand Canyon Experience; Tour Operators Say They Allow Quicker, Easier Trips For Those Who Couldn't Otherwise Visit" (Sep. 19, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that operators of motorized raft tours on the Grand Canyon's Colorado River are at odds with environmentalists and private boaters who want a quieter, less congested river. Tour operators say that they allow older, less fit people, or people with little time to spare, to see the Grand Canyon. Environmentalists and private boaters say the noise ruins the natural quiet of the park, and waiting lists skewed in favor of companies relegate private boaters to a twenty-year waiting list. A motor ban on the river was killed twenty years ago, but a new management plan will raise the question again.
Great Britain, "British University Studies Sound to Fight Noise Problems" (Apr. 21, 1997). M2 Presswire reports in a press release that for several years, researchers at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Great Britain's University of Southampton have been investigating the potential of active sound control in reducing the effect of noise transmitted from one room to another in buildings. The press release says that active sound control is the cancellation of an unwanted sound wave with another soundwave, usually generated by a loudspeaker. The press release says that the scientists' work on active sound control is one of the features of an exhibition opening at the Science Museum in London on Thursday, April 24, titled "Noise?" The exhibition runs until July 27, and coincides with both International Noise Awareness Day on April 30, and National Noise Awareness Day on July 23.
Great Britain, "British Judge Halts Construction Project Because Noise Interferes with Court Proceedings" (Jun. 21, 1997). The Mirror reports that British Circuit Court Judge Patrick Moran yesterday halted a 3-million-pound building project because construction was interfering with court proceedings. The article says the construction company, Sisk and Co., are refurbishing the 150-year-old Courthouse in Washington Street. The judge warned the builders they would have to pay legal costs if the case had to be dismissed because the jury could not hear, the article says.
Great Britain, "Noise Pollution is a Growing Problem in Great Britain" (Jun. 22, 1997). The Independent reports that neighborhood noise has become a serious problem in Great Britain. Noise is the now most common reason for complaints received by environmental health officers, the article says. A two-part program on Radio Five Live called "Noises Off," starting tonight, will draw attention to noise issues.
Great Britain, "Scientists to Test Anti-Noise Device in Jet Engine" (Jun. 10, 1997). The London Times reports that a British company, Cambridge Concept, has produced an anti-noise device, nicknamed the jetoblaster, that is designed to cancel noise from jet engines. The device will undergo ground trials at London's Heathrow Airport, run jointly by Heathrow airport operator BAA, British Airways, and the Department of Trade. If the ground trials are successful, plans are to design a smaller unit to install on jets.
Great Britain, "Britain's Noise Pollution Officers Experience Violence and Aggression" (May 8, 1997). The Evening Standard reports that Great Britain's "environment police," who deal with issues involving noise, food hygiene, bonfire smoke, litter, and dumping are increasingly experiencing violent and aggressive responses from the people they deal with.
Great Britain, "It's Not Always Quieter in the Country" (May 7, 1997). The Daily Telegraph printed an editorial in which the writer outlines why it is often noisier in the country in Great Britain than in the city, town, or suburbs.
Great Britain, "More People Back Newspaper's Campaign Against Jet Skis in Britain" (May 4, 1997). The Sunday Times reports that its own Campaign for Safe Waters in Great Britain has produced letters from many residents who want to restrict jet skis (also called "wet bikes") as well as the support of David Bellamy, environmentalist and president of Coral Cay Conservation, and John Fowles, author and Dorset coast resident.
Great Britain, "Noisy Dogs See a Therapist and Legal Battle Ends" (May 9, 1997). Times Newspapers Limited reports that a legal fight to quiet four barking dogs in Great Britain ended after the dogs were quieted through sessions with a pet therapist.
Great Britain, "British Government Proposes Lower Noise Limits at Three Airports" (Nov. 25, 1997). M2 Presswire released the following press release regarding a consultation paper published today by Britain's Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. The paper proposes more efficient noise monitoring and lower noise limits for aircraft at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted airports.
Great Britain, "British Man Convicted of Damaging His Wife's Hearing" (Oct. 25, 1997). The Guardian reports that a British man was convicted yesterday of damaging his wife's hearing by yelling, causing her bodily harm. Sentencing in the case was deferred, the article says.
Great Britain, "Live Radio Show in Great Britain Offers Free Rustle-Free Cough Lozenges to Audience" (Sep. 16, 1997). The Times Newspapers Limited reports that Great Britain's Radio 3 station is handing out rustle-free cough lozenges to audience members who attend their live recording concerts, in an attempt to reduce noise during the live broadcast. Many audience members take cough lozenges during the concerts to avoid coughing at the wrong moment, the article says. The rustle-free wrapping paper was developed by Grantham Manufacturing Ltd. in Lincolnshire and uses waxed paper, as well as a secret ingredient to reduce noise.
Great Britain, "British Medical Association Recommends Curbs on Motor Traffic, Emissions, and Noise" (Sep. 25, 1997). The Press Association Newsfile reports that a report has been released by the British Medical Association arguing that high levels of motor traffic and pollution are producing adverse effects on people's health. The study, called Transport and Health, was undertaken by the Association's Board of Science in response to the British government's green paper on transport and the environment. The report calls on the government to set national targets to reduce motor traffic, diesel emissions, and vehicle noise, the article says.
Great Britain, "Anti-Noise Group Was Formed More Than 60 Years Ago in Britain" (Sep. 30, 1997). The Times Newspapers Limited reports that more than 60 years ago, there was a growing feeling that action needed to be taken to reduce noise in Great Britain. The article says there were several letters written to The Times regarding noise, including the following two. The first letter announces the formation of the Anti-Noise League, formed by a group of public figures, including the physician Lord Horder.
Great Britain, "Open-plan Office Space Makes for Noisy Work Environments that Can Create Stress" (Apr. 8, 1998). Great Britain's Times Newspapers Limited reports open-plan office designs generates noise which can create employee stress.
Great Britain, Birmingham, "Families in a Fury Over Supermarket's Failure to Abate Noise from Store Deliveries in Great Britain" (Oct. 5, 1998). The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that Safeway supermarket has been branded a "neighbour from Hell" by two families in Great Britain who have a long-standing noise dispute with the giant grocer.
Great Britain, Staple, "Pilot in Great Britain Wins Case Over "Buzzing" a Village in a Military Jet" (May 23, 1997). The Press Association Newsfile reports that a Royal Air Force pilot in Great Britain who was court-martialled for "buzzing" his parents' home village of Staple in his Hawk jet, was cleared by the Court of Appeal today.
Greece, Athens, "Noise Pollution Study in Greece Demands Attention" (Mar. 11, 1998). AP Worldstream reports that according to the Athens Pollution Control Program, or Perpa, 54 percent of Athenians live in areas with unacceptable levels of noise pollution.
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