Gallery: New Study Reports Man-made Noise Pollution Affects Birds and P...


Noise pollution is certainly annoying, but does it actually cause any real harm? Several studies have shown that urban noise can have adverse effects on bird populations, causing them to change their songs and otherwise alter their behavior. Now researchers have learned that man-made noise can also have a ripple effect on some types of plants, like trees, as well. Because plants are stationary, many of them rely on animals and insects, like birds and bees, to pollinate them or to spread their seeds. So it follows that when bird populations are driven down by noisy human activity, for example, the trees that depend on those birds to spread their seed would also suffer.

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