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One Million People Affected by Aircraft Noise According to New Report

January 13, 2016
Environmental Health

A new report launched today by the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF) claims that over one million people in the UK are exposed to aircraft noise levels which may have a detrimental effect on their health.

The problem is estimated to cost the economy £540 million each year, with 600,000 people subject to levels that risk regular sleep disturbance. Formed in 1975, the AEF campaigns on the environmental impacts of aviation and promotes sustainability within the sector.

The report calls on the government to rethink existing policies on aircraft noise making the effect on health a major consideration ahead of a number of policy decisions due in 2016. These include the construction of a new runway in the South East, which has previously been postponed due to environmental concerns and new night flight regulations which will affect Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted.

Studies have linked long term exposure to aircraft noise to increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and dementia. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is due to release new community noise guidelines this year, which are expected to facilitate the setting of targets for specific noise sources. Existing guidelines set a long term target for daytime noise not to exceed 55 dBA leq 16 hour, and night-time noise not to exceed 40 dBA Lnight.

You can read a full copy of Aircraft Noise and Public Health – The Evidence is Loud and Clear HERE