About the book
Noise pollution is one of the most concerning environmental problems of the 21st Century society. Sometimes due to the lack of regulations, other times due to control difficulties, and mostly for the lack of awareness of the people, it has become a public health problem, according to the WHO Burden of Disease Report, 2011.
Since they involve very small amounts of energy, high sound pressure levels are increasingly simpler and cheaper to emit. Noise is everywhere - it can be emitted as an energy waste by traffic or factories, but also by teenagers looking for loneliness in an overpopulated world.
When the noise emission ends, it will not be possible to find its footprint in the environment, hence it is necessary to be in the right place at the right time to measure it. Moreover, having adequate instruments, updated protocols and trained personnel are mandatory to achieve that. Even then, decision makers must clearly understand the reported situation to decide the need and importance of taking further actions.
This book will address issues of noise in the city, in the neighborhood or at work, aspects about management and consequences of exposure to high sound pressure levels ranging from the auditory, extra-auditory and psychophysics effects to the addiction to noise and the loss of solidarity.
The book aims to provide a various points of view and analysis of cases regarding this omnipresent pollutant.