Noise and light pollution may cause serious harm to humans
and to the environment.
The report reviews the damage caused by noise and light pollution
to humans and other living species. These types of pollution can
have serious repercussions, such as disturbing ecosystems and provoking
diseases in humans.
In the countries in which reliable statistics are available
it is considered that around 40% of the population is exposed to
noise levels exceeding 55 decibels (dB) during the day and 22% of
the population to levels of more than 65 dB. Over 30% of the population
is believed to be exposed to noise levels exceeding 55 dB during
the night (the acoustic nuisance scale begins at 65 dB). Prolonged
exposure to noise, particularly among the young, poses a real health
The fight against noise and light pollution is a major environmental
and public health challenge. The report calls for an integrated
approach to the problem and for efforts to raise awareness of the
whole society. It is also suggested that all member states take
measures to introduce threshold levels for noise and light and impose penalties
for exceeding those levels.