Silent Treatment

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Silent Treatment What.On.Earth Photo: Bob Avakian – Jenny Slate, from the book Little Weirds “In the last light of a long day, I sit on a chair on my porch and watch the sky drain colors down and out and I realize I want to hear my voice and only mine. Not the voice of my voice within a cacophony of old pains. Just mine, now.” Source: Harvard Magazine 2nd Where noise ranks by the European Environmental Agency on list of environmental exposure most harmful to public health Source: Harvard Magazine 48,000 Estimated number of new cases of heart disease each year in Europe attributed to chronic noise exposure Source: Harvard Magazine 4 Increased decibels in median nighttime noise pollution levels (commonly includes industrial activity, traffic, and airports) in neighborhoods with at least 75 percent Black residents versus neighborhoods with no Black residents Source: Newsweek 1950 Year underwater sonar was introduced
Source: Newsweek 10 Total number of mass strandings of beaked whales between 1874 and 1950 Source: BBC 75% Percentage of continental U.S. in which one could find “quiet” in 1900 Source: BBC 2% Percentage of continental U.S. in which one could find “quiet” in 2010 Source: NOISEAWARENESS.ORG 70 Decibel level at which continued exposure to noise will cause hearing loss Source: NOISEAWARENESS.ORG 50 Decibel level of rainfall Source: NOISEAWARENESS.ORG 110
Decibel level of leaf blower
Source: NOISEAWARENESS.ORG 162 Decibel level of fireworks at 3 feet Source: SCIENCE ~50 Reduction in seismic noise during the pandemic year of 2020, the longest and most prominent global anthropogenic seismic noise reduction on record

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