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.
October 2, 2016Medical and scientific news