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Traffic noise making birds worse at singing, new research finds

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We’ve known for decades just how damaging diesel and petrol fumes are for the environment and human health, but the impact of traffic noise pollution on birds is only now emerging. Young songbirds, just like human infants, are particularly susceptible to noise, and researchers now say roads busy with cars and trucks are making it more difficult for birds to learn to sing. A new study by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Ornithology says that constant traffic noise is causing “inaccuracies and delays” when young birds learn to sing. It also weakens their immune system. “Our findings indicate t…

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