Light Pollution

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WHY TOO MUCH LIGHT POLLUTION SUCKS

Owl at night - Wiki
Clouds are very efficient at reflecting outdoor lights. Researchers have found sky brightness can increase by a factor of ten times on cloudy nights. Simply put: the skies at night, are too darn bright. In most cities you don’t even need car headlights – it’s simply not dark enough! To lose sight of our natural dark skies is to lose sight of who we are, where we came from and where we are going to – as a society. Just because we can see in artificial light does not mean that other creatures can.  Our obsession with controlling the environment is actually damaging the environment at a price that is far too high. Our bodies have evolved over millions of years to the rhythm of the day/night cycle, and what was wrong with that? Do we really want to live in a world that’s  lit up like a ball on a Christmas tree. Put out that light and re-claim the night.

 NOBODY WANTS TO LIVE IN A CITY OR TOWN LIKE THIS

Thierry Cohan photo

Thierry Cohan photo of Tokyo without lights

How creepy would it be to live in a city, town or village with NO lights as depicted in the above, one can almost hear the Zombies and Vampires lurking about in the shadows. We need light at night to see where we are going and what we are doing: that’s sensible, what is not sensible is to light up areas that need no light – ie the sky.

OR THIS

chicago at 3am

Chicago at 3am – but it could be just about any city in the world right now

You can bet that no bird or insect is sleeping in those poor over-lit trees. Responsible lighting is about responsibility – lighting what needs to be lit and being mindful of our responsibility to each other and the creatures we share this planet with.


NATURAL LIGHT POLLUTION

The natural light of the Moon is considered as good light pollution because the natural world of humans, animals and plants – on land and water –  have evolved over many millions of years to its subtle light and phases.

Moon over McCarthy Castle - Julie Ormonde

Gentle Moonlight over McCarthy Castle, Ballinskelligs – photo Julie Ormonde


UNNATURAL LIGHT POLLUTION

stars over saltzberg, austria

Man-made light pollution (when brought to excess as is the photo above) steals away the light from the heavens. One can’t imagine any kind of natural wildlife living in the city below the dark sky. Birds would certainly not nest there, no sound of their gentle twittering or singing would be heard. The dawn chorus to the residents of the city would be the ever increasing noise of early morning traffic.  This is a place only fit for human’s … and that is perhaps, the saddest statement of all.


 UNNATURAL LIGHT POLLUTION THAT WORKS WITH NATURE

Good publict street lights        good-lighting

Both of the above photo’s show Public lighting at its best – highlighting what should be highlighted minimising the effect on the upper night sky region.


EUROPE AT NIGHT

Europe at night

Visit the Blue Marble website here to fully view the interactive photo above

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