Sounds and silence

Protecting nature's sounds and just taking the time to listen can enrich our lives.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM January 5, 2004



You already have to deal with your teachers telling you to settle down, your parents asking you to be quiet, and your big brothers and sisters shooing you away.


Now, some scientists are trying to get all of us to shut up—at least once in a while. We may be surprised by what we hear, they say, when we stop and listen. Paying attention to natural sounds could also help us do a better job of keeping our planet healthy.


"Natural sounds are an important resource," says Chris Shaver of the...

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