TAG: Noise Pollution

Rethinking Wind Power

Rethinking Wind Power

The Invelox is an innovative wind energy source, envisioned by Dr. Daryoush Allaei, CEO of the SheerWind company, which may solve the dilemmas faced by traditional wind turbines, including noise nuisance and inconsistent levels of energy output. The Invelox is funnel-like in both appearance and function. Using the Invelox, outside winds are captured and funneled to create a natural increase in the wind’s speed so it can be converted into energy. Winds as low as 2 mph are captured by intake tunnels and travel through a sharp, 90-degree angle turn. At this point, the wind reaches speeds of up to… read more

Living With Wind Farms

Living with Wind Farms

Innovative methods with which to generate energy are important in the fight against global climate change. That is why it is important for authorities to ensure that when these methods are introduced into society, they are well received and thus seamlessly integrated into the communities they are meant to service. Wind energy can be converted to mechanical energy using wind turbines, an alternative energy which lowers greenhouse gas emissions. Generating energy using wind turbines has not been without controversy, it has resulted in a number of lawsuits in some jurisdictions worldwide. The objection to wind farms stems from the noise… read more

A $15,000 Speaker Orb You Can Relax In

A $15,000 Speaker Orb You Can Relax In

Speakers not only amplify sound but can also intensify the effects of music. The AudioOrb speaker system is an entirely different way to listen to music that would certainly change the way you hear and feel what is playing. Users can get up close and personal to the loudspeaker’s components by sitting inside the encasing. There are 18 speakers placed in the interior of the Orb, said to emit a full and impressive audio experience. The Orb is conceptualized from a design called the Micasa Lab Cocoon. The enclosed space includes speakers instead of the previous design which had storage… read more

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

The Soundtracker Wants You To Hear This

Earth is a Solar Powered Juke Box – Gordon Hempton Capturing the sounds of nature, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has been recording wildlife noises for decades. Referred to as the Soundtracker, Hempton has traveled the globe in order to catch glimpses of nature sounds that may otherwise go unheard. Getting an exclusive sound in the outdoor elements is just another day at the office for this audio adventurer. Sometimes placing himself in dangerous positions to collect the noises or the naturally quiet, his live nature recordings are done using customized equipment with tried and tested methods. For instance, placing sandpaper¬†over… read more

App Helps Minimize Waterbird Disturbance

App Helps Minimize Waterbird Disturbance

A new mobile app can help calculate how construction noise and other factors will affect waterbirds in protected areas and help with mitigation efforts. The app, part of the Waterbird Disturbance Toolkit for the TIDE Project, is designed to help planners, developers, and managers in or near estuary systems to identify the potential disturbance to waterbirds from nearby construction activities. “The way noise affects birds is complex and existing information was poor, so we set out to not only gather much-needed scientific data but also make it useful and accessible to a range of users. As such, the app has… read more

Noise Pollution

Noise pollution affects animals

Noise pollution is a phenomenon that is least understood by lay persons because human beings have a higher tolerance for noise than animals. What may be normal to a human being may be discomfort for animals in the wild, which is why we need to raise awareness to noise pollution vis-a-vis wildlife. Swaziland has a number of game and nature reserves spread throughout the country.¬†These reserves are home to a variety of animal species, which if left unprotected would be under threat of extinction from hunting and disease. In and around the reserves, there are road signs that caution drivers… read more