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Dr. Giovanni Zambon and Dr. Valentina Zaffaroni Caorsi, from the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

Chief of Acoustic Laboratory Dr. Giovanni Zambon and Researcher Dr. Valentina Zaffaroni Caorsi, from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy, will present: "The effect of anthropogenic noise on biodiversity."

Dr. Giovanni Zambon

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Widespread anthropogenic noise has been demonstrated to have detrimental effects on wildlife. Considering the pivotal role of sound in the lives of many animals, where acoustic communication is vital for social and reproductive behaviors, noise directly impacts them. Studies reveal that anthropogenic noise influences animals' communication, including mate selection. However, the repercussions of noise extend beyond acoustic communication, affecting critical biological functions such as DNA integrity and genes, cell structure and signaling, physiological processes, behavior, and species interactions. Consequently, human-made noise is both directly and indirectly responsible for a myriad of complex effects on wildlife. To tackle this issue, collaborative efforts among scientists, stakeholders, and both private and public institutions are crucial for establishing conservation guidelines and legal instruments. These measures should be incorporated into urban expansion projects to effectively mitigate the detrimental effects of noise pollution on terrestrial and marine environments.

The effect of anthropogenic noise on biodiversity
Valentina Caorsi

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