High traffic noise in European cities contributes to thousands of deaths each year – Man – Science and Technology

Excessive traffic noise contributes to several thousand premature deaths a year in European cities. This is stated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISG), which examined conditions in 749 cities in 25 European countries.

It showed that about half of their population is exposed to excessive noise. According to previous research, this contributes to serious health complications, the Spanish press wrote.

According to medical studies, long-term exposure to excessive noise contributes to higher stress and a higher incidence of serious health complications, such as ischemic heart disease.

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According to ISG findings, about half of the 128 million adults in the cities surveyed are exposed to noise levels that exceed the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). It recommends not to exceed an average of 53 decibels in 24 hours. Experts consider data above this limit to be harmful to health. According to the researchers, the main source of noise in the cities is traffic.

The proportion of the population exposed to harmful levels of traffic noise varies greatly in European capitals. Berlin has a low share with 30 percent, while in Vienna more than 85 percent of the population has a high noise problem. In Prague, this share is 70 percent.

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Exposure to excessive noise, according to the study, contributes to about 3,600 premature deaths per year. With 109 deaths that could be prevented in compliance with WHO recommendations, the first Latvian capital is Riga. They are followed by Rome with 96 deaths and Prague with 93 deaths.

Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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