WHO: Traffic noise major threat to health

Traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting health after air pollution, says a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report says that each year Europeans lose at least one million healthy life-years due to disability or disease caused by traffic noise. This new health evidence highlights the urgency of adopting more stringent EU vehicle noise standards.

"The Commission has an opportunity in the coming weeks to cut road traffic noise by half, and protect millions of Europeans from this health risk," says Nina Renshaw at Transport & Environment (T&E). The European Commission is expected to release a proposal to update EU legislation on vehicle noise in June.

Source: World Health Organization 30 March 2011 and Transport & Environment

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