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Dr. Erica Walker: Noise pollution and human health

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Harmful noise pollution comes from a variety of expected and surprising sources, including mass transit systems, leaf blowers, and even cryptocurrency mines. The United Nations Environment Programme Frontiers report for 2022 describes noise pollution as “a top environmental risk to health” affecting sleep, heart health, and more.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, SciLine interviewed:

Erica Walker is the RGSS Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Community Noise Lab at the Brown University School of Public Health. She discussed topics including:

  • What factors contribute to noise pollution in different settings;
  • The short- and long-term impacts of noise pollution on human health;
  • How individuals can reduce the noise they produce and the noise they are exposed to;
  • How noise pollution impacts people differently, including impact disparities; and
  • Trends in noise pollution, and how it interacts with other environmental exposures.

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