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Noise may change the world.

Posted: May 20, 2008

Wired has a fascinating article speculating on the effects that man-made noise has on the environment:

Bernie Krause is a field recording scientist who has noticed something alarming. The natural sound of the world is vanishing. He'll be deep inside the Amazon, recording that cricket, but when he listens carefully he also hears machinery: The distant howl of a 747 or the dull roar of a Hummer miles way. "It's getting harder and harder to find places that aren't contaminated," he says. Man made noise "anthrophony" is obscuring natural noise "biophony" and the consequences for the environment may be severe. Read the full article here