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Re: Airport pollution

To:  Loic Bertrand

A recent study by Gary Evans and Lorraine Maxwell of Cornell University
compared  children in a noisy school (in the flight path of a major
international airport) with similar children in a quiet school.  The
researchers found that the children in the noisy school had difficulty
acquiring speech recognition skills, a necessary skill for learning to read.
In other words, (as their press release states), "Kids near airports don't
read as well because they tune out speech".  (published in Sept., 1997 issue
of Environment and Health).

Arline Bronzaft also completed a study on the impact of aircraft noise on
health.  Please visit the Noise Center's web page at www.lhh.org/noise for a
summary of this study.

Nancy Nadler
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