European Environment Agency estimates 10,000 deaths per year from road traffic noise


The European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates that

  • more than 125 million Europeans are exposed to road traffic noise levels above legal guidelines (55dB L_den),
  • road traffic noise causes at least 10,000 premature deaths each year,
  • almost 20 million adults are annoyed and a further 8 million suffer sleep disturbance due to environmental noise,
  • over 900 000 cases of hypertension are caused by environmental noise each year,
  • noise pollution causes 43 000 hospital admissions in Europe per year.

The full report Noise in Europe 2014  can be downloaded from the EEA web site.


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