WHO reports on traffic noise health threat

Traffic-related noise pollution is a major cause of ill health in Europe, says a World Health Organisation (WHO) report

Traffic-related noise pollution is a major cause of ill health in Europe, says a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.1

Among environmental factors, the burden of disease is second only to the health impacts of air pollution, it says, with 1-1.6 million healthy life years lost annually.

The evidence for adverse health effects of noise pollution is “overwhelming”, WHO says. Links to heart disease, strokes and other illnesses have been identified (ENDS Report 433, pp 23-24).

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