Urban centers are usually loud. But when do the sounds of the city become noise? And why is that a problem? DW reporter Anna Sacco went in search of answers and a bit of peace and quiet in the urban jungle.
A German musician has won the right to blow his own trumpet: Siegfried Ratz' neighbors had sued him for excessive noise pollution. But the professional trumpeter prevailed in Germany's top court.
Some people claim they only need four to five hours of sleep a night. After that, these super-humans say, they wake up nice and refreshed, ready for the challenges of a new day! From a health standpoint, that's bogus.
We are most sensitive to sounds when they disturb us. This is when sound becomes noise, knocking many species — on land, underwater and in the air — off balance. How big a problem is it?
Urban Africans contend with a great deal of noise day in and out. In a bid to curb noise pollution, authorities in Ghana want Muslims to use WhatsApp rather than loudspeakers for the call to prayer.
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