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Noise pollution is pervasive in U.S. protected areas

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Science  05 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6337, pp. 531-533
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah4783

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Shhh, you're disturbing the ecosystem

Species in nature reserves are experiencing increased pressure from human encroachment in many forms. One type of pressure that is rarely discussed but perennial is human-produced noise. Buxton et al. looked at the degree to which such noise has affected protected areas across the United States. Human-produced noise doubled background noise levels in a majority of protected areas and substantially affected critical habitat areas for endangered species.

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