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Noise pollution

 

Most of us are very used to the sounds we hear in everyday life. Loud music,  television, people talking on their phone, traffic and even pets barking in the middle of the night. All of these have become a part of the urban culture and rarely disturb us. However, when the sound of music in your car gives you a headache, or when or when the traffic noise makes you nervous, it isn’t  just noise but it starts turning into noise pollution.

By definition, noise pollution takes place when there is either excessive amount of noise or an unpleasant sound that disturb people. This definition is usually applicable to sounds or noises that are unnatural in either their volume or their production. Our environment is such that it has become difficult to escape noise. Even electrical appliances at home have a constant hum or beeping sound. This is why understanding noise pollution is necessary to curb it in time.

Causes of Noise Pollution

1. Industrialization is one of the main causes of noise pollution because of the equipments that are used

2. Poor Urban Planning: In most of the developing countries, poor urban planning also plays a vital role., frequent fights over basic amenities lead to noise pollution which may disrupt the environment of society.

3. Social Events: Noise is at its peak in most of the social events. Whether it is a marriage, parties, pub, disc or place of worship, people normally flout rules set by the local administration and create nuisance in the area.

4. Transportation: Large number of vehicles on roads, aeroplanes flying over houses, underground trains produce heavy noise and people find it difficult to get accustomed to that.

5. Construction Activities:  These construction activities take place every day as we need more buildings, bridges to accommodate more people and to reduce traffic congestion. The down point is that these construction equipments are too noisy.

6. Household Chores: We people are surrounded by gadgets and use them extensively in our daily life. Gadgets like TV, mobile , mixer grinder, pressure cooker, vacuum cleaners.

While this form of pollution may seem harmless, it in fact has far reaching consequences.