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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 65--69

Environmental noise and community in Hong Kong

Environmental Protection Department, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong

Correspondence Address:
C L Wong
Noise Management and Policy Group, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Environmental Protection Department, 33/F Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road,Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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PMID: 12537843

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In order to find out the attitude of the community towards environmental noise, community surveys were conducted over the territory of Hong Kong through telephone sampling. Specific surveys were also carried out for areas previously affected by severe aircraft noise. Main observations on the community's response towards noise are that noise pollution was ranked the third among five selected social concerns (after "air pollution" and "security", and higher than "traffic jam" and "cleanliness"); about 60% of the respondents found the territory "noisy"; the most annoying noise source was "traffic noise"; 40% of people found the most annoying noise not tolerable and that most people affected by noise suffered from "distraction". Nonetheless, many did nothing (e.g. did not complain) against the noise and still preferred an open-window life style.


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