As more and more companies are relocating their manufacturing processes to Vietnam, it is important to understand which elements are key to improved wellbeing at work. The reason why each country has a regulation on noise levels in workspaces is because noise has a direct impact not only on productivity but also on mental and physical health. Unfortunately, an important number of factories today still exceed noise standards in their workshops. Jean-Philippe Delhom, CEO and founder of Delhom Acoustique Studies show that constantly being exposed to noise during a shift every day can lead to headaches or migraines, permanent hearing loss, tinnitus, cardiovascular health problems, and more. According to Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology, if we look at Vietnam alone, one out of eight workers suffers from total hearing loss, while one out of four companies is exceeding noise levels suggested in the standards. Besides factory workshops, offices are also a target … [Read more...] about How to effectively deal with noise pollution
What is noise pollution
The iPhone reads 8:52 p.m. Exactly 30 minutes after sunset.“It’s time to start our measurements,” Romi Kondo says.And so she embarks on the trail alongside Nabeel Elabdeia. They’re both rising seniors at Colorado College, and here at Pulpit Rock Park they’re continuing their summerlong mission to monitor sounds around Colorado Springs’ natural places.For two months, they’ve zip tied recorders to trees and posts, collecting them later to listen to minute intervals captured during different times of day. They document in spreadsheets: the morning chorus of birds, the evening chatter of bugs, the wind between branches, the occasional shuffle of a critter, and, all the while, the rumble of engines from sky and land.“Lots of cars,” Elabdeia says. “Cars everywhere.” On target: One-armed Colorado Springs girl finds success in trap shootingAnd airplanes. “Once they start in the minute,” Kondo says, … [Read more...] about Students track noise pollution in Colorado Springs
Tossing £5,000 worth of electrical equipment over the side of a Zodiac inflatable boat might seem foolish, but the sophisticated piece of gadgetry I’m lowering into the icy Southern Ocean could reward me with far greater intelligence on the state of Antarctica than any expedition cruise ship lecture or illustrated field guide. Deployed off Cuverville Island, where moulting gentoo penguin chicks are getting ready for their maiden dip, the CastAway device reveals that water salinity is lower than average – a worrying trend seen in glacial regions at both poles, according to the naturalist Bob Gilmore. Locked for millions of years in ice sheets smothering the White Continent, fresh water is flooding and diluting our oceans – and I’m seeing it in real time with my own eyes. Trundling at an idle speed, we trawl a net behind us, collecting samples of phytoplankton, a microscopic marine plant heavily affected by changes in salt … [Read more...] about Blue Planet is back – here’s how to visit the incredible locations
Good health news has come in droves over the last few months for those living in Spain. In October, a study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted that Spain would surpass Japan to boast the world’s longest life expectancy by 2040. Then, the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index for 2019, published last week, gave Spain the top prize, mentioning the highly reputed ‘mediterranean diet’ and good public healthcare. But will a move to Spain actually lead to a healthier lifestyle? And if so, why? We posed the question to The Local readers, and there response was overwhelming: absolutely, thanks to quality food, good weather, a healthy and relaxed lifestyle, and solid health care. Here are some of the highlights of their responses: Read also: A Healthy Diet Numerous readers raved about how much healthier the food available to them in Spain was compared to where they came from. Stelan Lindell, a transplant from … [Read more...] about What is it that makes living in Spain so healthy?
Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Updated 12:09 am CST, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, a police vehicle responds in New York. That long, droning police and ambulance siren that has become part of the soundtrack of New York City for generations could be changing. A pair of city lawmakers has proposed switching to the high-low, European-style wail heard on the streets of London and Paris. less In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, a police vehicle responds in New York. That long, droning police and ambulance siren that has become part of the soundtrack of New York City for generations could be ... more Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, a … [Read more...] about Noise-weary New York ponders a gentler, European-style siren