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The issue of noise also will be the focus of the UN ECE


aarhusnews_16_09_1On September 5 – 7, Geneva hosted the 64th session of the Working Party on Noise of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) dealing with noise issues. The agenda included issues related to the development of audible warning devices regulations, noise emissions of motorcycles, noise of M and N categories of vehicles, replacement silencing systems, quiet road transport vehicles and so on.

As well as was held exchange of information on national and international requirements on noise levels, general safety provisions (GRB) and subsequent exchange of views regarding the future work of GRB.

Note that the Working Party on Noise (GRB) is the subsidiary body of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) that prepares regulatory proposals on noise to WP.29. This group of experts conducts research and analysis to develop noise requirements for vehicles. More than 70 experts participate at the sessions of GRB.

The documents relating to agenda of the session can be found by following the link: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=41022#/

Noise as an environmental pollutant

The noise is among the environmental pollutants, which leads to physical inactivity, and therefore increases the risk of ill health. Therefore it should be of concern to policy makers and civil society. People who are annoyed by environmental noise are also more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, a new, large-scale study from Germany suggests.

The results do not prove that noise causes mental health issues but suggest a possible link, which the study’s authors are exploring further. Of all the types of noise considered in the study, aircraft noise was reported to be the most annoying.

People living close to road, rail and aircraft noise are likely to experience negative health effects.

Long-term noise exposure may lead to problems with their heart and circulatory (cardiovascular) system and night-time noise is particularly disruptive of sleep patterns, which in turn may lead to cardiovascular health problems, a review of research into the effects of noise on cardiovascular diseases has found.

The European researchers have studied the impact of vehicle traffic and the effects of aircraft noise on children’s health. These results suggest that high levels of noise could impair the development of reading skills and memory for children.
In accordance with the EC “Science for Environment Policy” evidence-based environmental information service,
(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/archive/noise.htm), physical inactivity raises the risk of ill health, so environmental factors that reduce the level of physical activity in people should be of concern to policymakers as well as to individuals. A new study has associated long-term annoyance with transportation noise with reduced physical activity in Swiss residents, which may indirectly contribute to diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

In our life the sounds are mainly at the limits of 20-50 decibels. The norm, which we can listen, is 8 decibels, but at the industrial and big cities, noisy places sounds reach to 100 decibels.

Particularly in Yerevan the situation has not reached to the danger endpoint, but there are all prerequisites.

The existence of noise is a comprehensive problem and is regulated by the Aarhus Convention.

Prepared by Anush Beybutyan
Editor: Mari Chakryan

“To support the government and civil society to resolve problems relating to the environment” program