BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Researchers discovered that protected areas in the U.S. are more affected by noise pollution than ever before. A study developed by Colorado State University in collaboration with the National Park Service states how national park and nature reserves suffer from a noise pollution which is ten times more acute.
Humans have become noisier, and they have no idea how much they are disturbing the environment. Car sounds or the noise coming from construction sites are only a few examples of the perturbances produced by humans. What they do not know is the fact these noises are affecting them, too.
Noise pollution disturbs animals
Artificial noises put the life of many animals in danger, as they intrude their natural habitat and prevent them from hunting, reproducing, or hibernating. This is more worrying in the case of the endangered species. Therefore, scientists tried to find ways to control noise emission and preserve the natural habitats.
One of these attempts include the signing of the Noise Control Act. Since 1972, the officials, together with the Environmental Protection Agency, have started imposing strict regulations on the noises produced by vehicles or other machines. However, this act has its limitations, as it concerned only noise in the urban area.
More protected areas are now affected by noise pollution
Researchers discovered that protected areas are affected by noise pollution as well, and this happens at quite a large extent. These natural parks and reserves occupy around 14 percent of the U.S. surface and host a high number of endangered species.
Noise affects animal populations, but humans might suffer, too. If a species goes extinct, the ecosystem in which it used to live is also affected. Then, these problems might spread over a larger area and reach the humans who live nearby.
Therefore, scientists highlight the importance of the conservation of these natural acoustic resources. This is important if we want to keep the protected areas untouched and safe for the endangered species.
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