Noisy Paris is making people sick
People living in and around Paris are getting sick more rapidly than other French citizens. An explanation for this phenomenon is noise pollution.
Paris has three airports, 1.700 km of asphalt, 7 train stations and 16 subway lines. The ring road around Paris alone has to put up with 1,2 million cars a day.
Road traffic is causing the most trouble but also the airports, and especially the Charles de Gaulle airport in the north, is a real nuisance. Other European cities, like Brussels, where the airport is situated in the middle of a residential are, is aware of the problem and Brussels therefore introduced a ‘Quiet Brussels’ plan last summer.
Exceeding international standards
According to a large-scale study by the official research institute, Bruitparif, 9 out of 10,1 million inhabitants are exposed to noise levels that are exceeding the international standards the World Health Organization (WHO) advises.
Health care costs an annual extra of 5,4 million euro, Bruitparif calculated.
16.000 premature deaths
Research from WHO, among others, has shown that noise nuisance causes heart and cardiovascular diseases, stress, insomnia and difficulties to concentrate.
According to the European Agency for the Environment (Europees MilieuAgentschap), more than 16.000 people in Europe die early as a consequence of constant noise nuisance.
Paris taking measures
Earlier the European Union rapped France’s knuckles for not taking enough initiatives against noise pollution. Now Paris announces several tens of measures, like a stricter control on honking unnecessarily.