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Some birds are so stressed by noise pollution it looks like they have PTSD

SARAH KAPLAN: ‘Noise is causing birds to be in a situation where they’re chronically stressed . . . and that has really huge health consequences for birds and their offspring, said Rob Guralnick, associate curator of biodiversity informatics at the Florida Museum of Natural History… In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Guralnick and his colleagues say there is a clear connection between noise pollution, abnormal levels of stress hormones, and lower survival rates.

This is the first time that link has been established in a population of wild animals, they argue, and it should make us all think hard about what our ruckus is doing to the Earth. “Habitat degradation is always conceived of as clear cutting, or, you know, changing the environment in a physical way. But this is an acoustic degradation of the environment,” Guralnick said. “We think it is a real conservation concern”.’ SOURCE…

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