Shriek!

“Long-term exposure to traffic noise affects our blood biochemistry, over and above the effects of exhaust fumes. … It is thought that noise triggers the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which damages blood vessels over time. … A leading acoustics engineer, Trevor Cox, hypothesises that the noises we find most stressful are distress calls – screams with an unhinged roughness to them, caused by the vibrations of the vocal folds when someone is truly terrified.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/03/sonic-doom-noise-pollution-kills-heart-disease-diabetes

Tinnitus and my mother’s giddy excitement have been reclassified as fatal.

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A Sound to See

“Noise is the most invisible of all the man-made threats to the ocean.” (http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/are-noisy-oceans-blame-beached-whales-20160520)

Unless you’re a synaesthetic whale.

Shellfish

“Shell estimates its Arctic activities will expose more than 2,500 [endangered] bowhead whales, more than 2,500 gray whales and more than 50,000 [threatened] ringed seals to continuous sounds and pulsed sounds, deemed damaging enough to constitute harassment.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/05/shells-us-arctic-drilling-whales-seals)

This intense noise pollution would be in order to extract oil, the likely spillage of which would destroy the fragile Arctic ecosystem, and the burning of which would set the planet on a path to climate change that would render the oceans uninhabitably acidic. So the marine mammals may as well surrender now.

Unnestical

“We regard the current activities around the osprey nest as unethical and unacceptable. Even if they are within the law, they must stop immediately.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/397696-osprey-nest-activities-unethical-and-unacceptable)

The ospreys were unruffled by the criticism.

Americannon

Sonic cannon “exploration by [US] energy companies [will] expose whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife, such as turtles, to extreme levels of noise pollution under the water. The sonic cannons can fire pulses of sound 100 times louder than a jet engine through the water and down to the ocean floor.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/07/us-government-approves-use-of-underwater-sonic-cannons)

It’s akin to a whale waving a class 4 laser in your building – you know, the ones which bounce off any surface and all you are aware of is a high pitched shriek as your eyeballs boil.