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Bringing Back the Night: The Fight Against Light Pollution


Green Lifestyle  (tags: pollution, light pollution, wildlife, healthconditions, protection, environment, humans, ecosystems, animals, nature, technology, sustainable, society, green, environment, eco-friendly )

Cal
- 338 days ago - e360.yale.edu
As evidence mounts that excessive use of light is harming wildlife and adversely affecting human health, new initiatives in France and elsewhere are seeking to turn down the lights that flood an ever-growing part of the planet.



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Christeen Anderson (476)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:54 am
Turn off those extra light please. Thank you.
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (213)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 3:03 am
Save energy as well.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:24 am
We just don't realize what a simple thing like this can do for the planet. Personally, I would discontinue all neon lighting. They are garish, and stores keep them on all night for no apparant reason.
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 9:15 am
Thanks Cal.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 9:48 am
I rarely use anything but natural light. I type by the light from my computer screen even in winter and I don't watch anything on my computer with the lights on. I download all my books on the computer so I still don't need lights.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 11:21 am
There isn't much light pollution here because we live in the country. However, I can see it to the east in the next town. Here we can see the stars. It's lights out at night except for one outside light, a night light in the bathroom and lights in the sunroom just enough so I don't break a toe again in the dark : )
Thanks for this post.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 11:48 am
Thank you.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 11:49 am
Thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 12:36 pm
Thank you
 

Alan Lambert (85)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:31 pm
I miss seeing second magnitude stars.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 1:40 pm
I do use energy saving lights in my house. Always have lights out in the house in all rooms I'm not in. Thanks Cal
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 7:37 pm
Noted with thanks.
 

B Lewenza (70)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:01 pm
This head line is actually a march that takes place here in Canada. It is for crimes committed against women at night, but that is a whole other issue. I myself use very little light around my house as I am conscience about the waste. I usually have a small light in the room that I am in and I have candles usually going. Makes a nice calm atmosphere.
 

Tatiana Torres (96)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 8:16 pm
And light pollution affects animals as well...
 

june t. (63)
Tuesday August 20, 2013, 11:14 pm
Only use one light at night to read with. Have a small night light in the bathroom.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:55 am
I live way out in the country and over the years more city people have moved out this way. Why oh why did they have to bring their yard lights, security lights and all that pollutive trash with them!!!
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:36 am
Noted. It's probably the only advantage of a financial crisis and higher electricity bills, but a lot of lights are turned off nowadays to cut costs, both by the city councils, companies and individual households.
 

Fi T. (16)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:22 am
For saving energy for the future
 

Kath P. (10)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:46 am
Dimmer lights as well as lighting every 5th high-rise floor instead of all floors would go a long way towards bringing back the night in any downtown setting.
 

Katie K. (71)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:59 am
Great post Cal. I hate light pollution and I believe a lot of folks don't even think about it being harmful. Some of the poorer neighborhood in my area are lit up like it's high noon all night long. It has to affect behavior. Hopefully the one's with their fingers on the switch get "IT" and turn down the light sweet darlings.
 

Anna Dayton (1)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 1:46 pm
Its true light pollution is a big problem but hardly anyone notices it. I blame light pollution for sleep problems. We don't need a huge light every 50 feet covering the entire country. unless its a 24 hour business there's really no need. And I'd like my kid to be able to look at the stars at night as he falls asleep.
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:41 pm
Very important issue, all governments should pay attention to this.
 

Klaus Peters (9)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 1:46 am
It is a good start and I hope many countries will follow suit.
 
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