Gordon Hempton is an audio ecologist who studies the world's diminishing quiet spaces.

Gordon Hempton is an audio ecologist who studies the world's diminishing quiet spaces. He claims that truely silent areas (free from mechanical noise), are few and far between in today's world.

Newsweek reports:

And silence, Hempton believes, is rapidly disappearing, even in the most remote places. He says there are fewer than a dozen places of silence—areas “where natural silence reigns over many square miles”—remaining in America, and none in Europe. In his book, One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World, written with John Grossman, Hempton argues that silence—a precious, underrated commodity—is facing extinction.

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