The benefits of ‘superblocks’ for Barcelona include better health, access to green space and other public space, and more transport-related physical activity.
The Spanish city is remaking urban neighbourhoods by limiting through traffic in superblocks that give priority to pedestrians and street activities, not cars.
Grid, glorious grid.
The 'superblocks' are expected to have massive benefits for health and well-being – but it takes good governance.
Don’t call it a comeback.
Aero Icarus/Wikimedia Commons
Recent advances in technology and new trends in commercial air travel could make supersonic flight economically viable. But regulations will have to change first.
Monasticism developed, in part, because people were seeking silence.
Monasticism developed in part because people were seeking the solace of quiet places But finding solitude was a struggle. And many realized that true silence could be found only within.
It’s going to get loud.
Commercial and recreational drones are taking to the air. They're very noisy, and neighborhoods everywhere could become awfully loud.
Road, rail and aircraft – now wind turbine and leisure added as overly noisy sources.
The World Health Organisation has issued noise guidelines for Europe, but they apply to everyone.
Noise pollution is usually associated with aeroplanes flying overhead, not happy children.
Parks should service a variety of needs, not just cater to one group of people.
Not interested in your new favorite band.
An AC/DC-loving biologist tests the band's 1980 assertion that "rock 'n' roll ain't noise pollution." Turns out it can be – and the negative effects of noise can ripple through an ecosystem.
Living alongside humans gets noisier all the time.
From the oil that makes your petrol, to car parts, to the groceries and other things in your weekly shop, retail consumerism is driving a boom in the amount of noise in the world's oceans.
Male Savannah Sparrow.
In our increasingly noisy world, how do you make sure that your voice is heard? If you’re a bird, that depends on the type of noise and what you’re trying to say.
Under the El tracks, downtown Chicago.
New research shows that noise pollution in US cities is concentrated in poor and minority communities. Beyond regulating airplane noise, the US has done relatively little to curb noise pollution.
An F/A-18 Hornet breaking the sound barrier.
Fly-bys by RAAF Super Hornets and army helicopters are a noisy finale to the Brisbane Festival. While many find this sound awe-inspiring, what of those with lived experience of war?
Migrating humpback whales avoid loud, nearby sounds.
Humpback whales are deterred from their migration routes by the noise of air guns used to survey the ocean floor for oil and gas deposits, a new study has found.
A red fox listening for prey under the snow in Yellowstone National Park. Noise can affect foxes and other animals that rely on their hearing when they hunt.
A recent study finds that noise from human activities is intruding into many parks and other protected areas. Creating quiet zones and noise corridors can help reduce impacts from noise pollution.
Right whales have been shown to be affected by noise pollution.
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute/Flickr
The increasing use of the sea for human activities has resulted in a dramatic rise in noise levels.
Sonic weapons usually leave no physical marks but can be devastating psychologically.
From Long Range Acoustic Devices used to disperse protesters to ear-splitting military drones to songs blasted on rotation to prisoners, ours is an age in which sound has been repositioned as a tool of terror.
jurij / shutterstock
One species of bat is able to switch from hearing to echolocation when there's too much noise, according to new research.
Sperm whales, like many other species, use echolocation which can be hampered by noise.
Gabriel Barathieu/Wikimedia Commons
We tend to think of the oceans as quiet, when in fact they're anything but. Noise is the "forgotten pollutant", but the good news is that unlike many other pollutants it can be switched off if we try.
The author began hearing the sound at night, between the hours of 10 and 11 p.m.
'Street' via www.shutterstock.com
Shortly after Glen MacPherson started hearing strange humming noises, he created the World Hum and Database Project so people around the world could document their own experiences with the Hum.
I can definitely see you.
Man-made noise changes the way animals respond to danger – but prairie dogs have a surprising reaction.