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Unformatted text preview: Zeyad Ali Ramadan PPD 227: Michael Woo April 28, 2008 Planetizen Report Cairo: A City Where You Can’t Hear Yourself Scream As the most populous city in Africa overpopulation is causing a new phenomenon in Egypt with extreme noise pollution equivalent to constantly having a running lawn mower next to you. In the city of 18 million people, everyone is yelling, drivers drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the horn, loudspeakers blare music from the radio, television sets are put to highest volume. The noise as outrageous as it is, is a reflection of the general tension facing Egyptians due to the low wages and inflation. According to scientists with the National Research Center the noise level in Cairo is equivalent to literally living day in and day out with a lawn mower running next to your head. Five years were spent studying noise levels across the city and concluded in a report issued this year that the average noise from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. is 85 decibels, a bit louder than a freight train year that the average noise from 7 a....
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- Spring '07
- Decibel, Cairo, noise level, National Research Center