Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent policy-relevant science published by Conservation International experts.
- Noise from airplanes may harm marine life
Research has shown that noise from shipping can harm marine life. A recent study found that loud noise above the surface can also disrupt life below the waves.
Researchers in Bali, Indonesia, studied the effects of air travel to the island, a hotspot of tourism — and biodiversity. The island’s lone airport is right on the coast, meaning that planes fly low over a large area of water. By placing microphones underwater, scientists found that decibel readings hit as high as 100, a not insignificant level of noise considering that shipping noise can reach as high as 190 decibels.