Municipalities around the world have taken on the issue of noise. Noise level standards are in effect in many cities, and noise abatement is routine in highway and airport planning.
The Acoustic Ecology Institute focuses mostly on the impacts of human noise on wildlife, with less comprehensive coverage of effects on humans. We've chosen this focus largely because humans are already better protected from noise than the wild is, as well as the fact that the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse [GO TO NPC WEBSITE] and a few smaller organizations already offer comprehensive resources on how our noise affects our communities.
The one key exception, in which AEI has devoted significant attention, is the noise impacts of terrestrial wind farms on neighboring residents.
[SEE AEI SPECIAL REPORT: WIND TURBINES]
This section of AcousticEcology.org includes a few examples of urban noise planning, as well as links to general information on the effects of noise on human health.