noise pollution

Traffic noise could be a threat to health, British study finds, as many Hongkongers endure volumes well over WHO guidelines

Date of Release: 
Jun 24 2015

Hong Kong should require project proponents to conduct studies into the possible health risks from noise pollution in their environmental impact reports, experts say.

But a lack of consensus on causal factors linking noise pollution to negative physical or mental health will make the argument for tighter regulation harder.

The point was raised after a British study - the first of its size in the country - published today, cited a link between road traffic noise pollution and deaths, and an increased risk of strokes, especially among the elderly.


Exhaust fumes take toll on HCM City air quality

Date of Release: 
Jul 16 2014

Air pollution has been a serious problem in HCM City for a long time now, but polluters face no serious punishment because of a toothless Environment Law and lack of adequate equipment to measure the pollution they cause.

Exhaust fumes from vehicles, industry, and construction impact air quality the worst.

According to the latest study, air quality in six out of the city's 12 industrial and processing zones — Cat Lai, Linh Trung 1 and 2, Tan Binh, Tan Tao, and North-western Cu Chi — has worsened since last year.


Celebrate, but adhere to rules: Police

Date of Release: 
Nov 1 2013

Booming sounds of firecrackers started echoing in the city from Thursday evening as the city residents started Diwali celebrations with full gusto. The district administration and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) have issued advisory to the residents warning strict action against those bursting high decibel crackers in silent zones like adjacent to hospitals and medical care facilities. The violators will be taken into custody and be fined up to RS 1000.


Posh localities among worst in noise pollution during Diwali

Date of Release: 
Oct 18 2013

Highest Diwali noise levels have consistently stayed above 95 decibels - breaching 100 at times - and the worst have been some of the posh localities in the city, shows data put out by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).

A quick look shows Malabar Hills, Colaba, Juhu, Bandra, Goregaon, Mazgaon, Wadala, Ghatkopar and Borivli have lodged the maximum decibels from 2010-2012. The highest permissible level in residential areas is 55db.

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