Gallery: Study Shows Commercial Shipping Noise Causes Physical Stress t...

 

Global commercial shipping is a crucial part the world’s transportation infrastructure – ships carry everything from high-tech electronic machinery to basic foodstuffs. Unfortunately, commercial shipping also accounts for more than 3 percent of all annual global emissions. According to a new report released today, global shipping also has another unseen effect – it alters the behaviour of the world’s whale population and affects them physically. A team from the New England Aquarium found that during the reduction in shipping traffic after 9/11, sound pollution also dropped – and for the first time they were able to study the effect of shipping noise on cetaceans.

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