Manmade noise is hurting wildlife:

Traffic noise reduces wild owls’ foraging efficiency.  A team of researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan have found that traffic noise reduces the foraging efficiency of wild owls by up to 89%.  Said Futoshi Nakamura, one of the co-authors of the study, “[b]ehavioral changes in acoustic predators can alter the interactions between prey and predators, and possibly have negative consequences on the entire ecosystem.”  Noise is not just a nuisance.  It harms human health and interferes with the balance of nature.  It’s time people and their governments start taking noise impacts seriously.

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