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EU vehicle noise emission standards: health evidence and concerns

EU Member States and the European Parliament are deliberating new EU standards for vehicle noise, the first update in 20 years. This overhaul is a not-to-be missed opportunity to improve the health and quality of life of Europe’s citizens, who are very concerned about the health impacts of noise and to set the path for more sustainable and healthy transport.

This briefing by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) aims to give an overview of the latest evidence on health effects of environmental noise, and what health groups are saying.

The briefing on noise and health addresses:

  • The science on noise and health
  • A study by the World Health Organization: The burden of disease from environmental noise
  • Linking road noise and strokes
  • Linking road noise and heart attacks
  • An assesment by TNO on noise pollution and fatal heart attacks
  • Health experts demanding stricter emission standards
  • A report of the British Medical Association on ’Healthy transportn healthy lives’

Read the briefing on EU vehicle noise emission standards: health evidence and concerns

Last updated on 6 February 2013

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