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Noise pollution - overpopulation-related health crisis

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By Joe Guzzardi

Overpopulation's negative consequences are well-known to the nation's environmentalists.

Too many people lead to overdevelopment and put America's already jeopardized resources, such as water, wetlands and wildlife, at further risk. International researchers have concluded that too many people also creates a level of noise pollution that brings with it serious health problems.

In today's chaotic world, conditions are getting noisier and noisier out there. Noise of all kinds make life less pleasant for Americans seeking peace and quiet. In some cases, the reaction is to grin and bear it.

A few years ago, a food columnist wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece suggesting that diners who patronize popular bistros should consider taking miniature bull horns with them so they could communicate with their partners. Upon a second reading, however, perhaps the reporter wasn't kidding.

Everyone has experienced the occasional need to yell across the table to be heard. Reviewers tabulated that an average restaurant's sound........

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