• The visual artist Aaron Koblin shows in this impressive video the paths of air traffic over North America visualized in color and form. Each aircraft is colored by type. This work was originally developed as a series of experiments for the project “Celestial Mechanics” by colleagues Scott Hessels and Gabriel Dunne at UCLA. FAA data was parsed and plotted using the Processing programming environment.

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According to the World Health Organization, noise pollution is the second leading environmental cause of health problems after air pollution. Each year it contributes to aggravate 910,000 cases of hypertension in Europe and is one of the causes of the 10,000 premature deaths related to coronary heart disease or strokes. And the death rate related to cardiovascular problems or strokes is higher among the population close to Heathrow’s British airport, according to data from 2012.

“Airplane noise bothers most people,” said Charlotte Clark, a professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Mental Health at Queen Mary University. “There is a theory that it is easier to adapt to road noise because it is continuous. With airplanes, the noise gets louder and reaches up to 100 or 120 dB”.