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Rants: Light Pollution

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June 6, 2012

02:03

Digital advertising, sky scrapers with lights on all night long and garden lights are more than just a drain on our electrical grid, they are seriously affecting the tiny little critters that need the night.  No, not vampires but beetles, possums, turtles, birds, spiders and moths.  

Make darkness your new best friend.

Host: Torah Kacur

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References:

 

http://physics.fau.edu/observatory/lightpol-Insects.html

http://www.buglife.org.uk/Resources/Buglife/Impact%20of%20artificial%20light%20on%20invertebrates_docx.pdf

http://news.discovery.com/animals/bugs-streetlights-120522.html

YOUR COMMENTS

Chris Buzon on June 06, 2012
This is something that drives me nuts - though there are a few areas of Edmonton that have invested in new lights that block stray light from going up - they really make a huge difference (locally, the city is still a beacon).

You don't truly realize how much excess light there is until you go camping, or happen to be on an island far from the mainland. Sad :(

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