Category Archives: Light Pollution

News and Information on #lightpollution

It’s not just the bane of light sleepers and frustrated astronomers. It also is tinkering with the biological cycles of all kinds of living things, including us!

Light pollution researcher and the ecological impact of artificial light at night

the ecological impact of artificial light at night
Dr. Christopher Kyba, light pollution researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences talks about the ecological impact of artificial light at night. In spite of cities trying to reduce energy consumption with LED streetlights, the WHOLE world energy budget is increasing via light pollution - a jevons paradox. An empty parking lot in [...]

Energy saving LEDs increasing light pollution globally

energy saving LED increasing light pollution
What was herald by the lighting industry and politicians as a means to combat climate change and save our environment has become the enemy within. Energy saving LEDs are increasing light pollution globally and the latest research science has confirmed it. An interesting article (and links to the research within) written by Andrew Nikiforuk was published [...]

Light Pollution linked to increase risks of West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus and Light Pollution - linked
As reported in ScienceMag and American Veterinarian, new research has linked light pollution to longer infection periods of West Nile Virus in birds. This longer infection time means more mosquitoes can become infected as a result which then increases risk and cases of it occurring in humans. Expansion of human population and new builds into outer [...]

Cambridge Ontario environmental light pollution from 7000 meters up

Cambridge Ontario environmental light pollution
This (annotated) photo shows Cambridge Ontario environmental light pollution from 7000 meters up. It was taken by Dr. Ron Brecher while on an in-bound flight to Pearson Airport in Toronto, passing over the Region of Waterloo. Click or tap for larger image. The need for stricter guidelines for commercial developments and the use of artificial [...]

Hydro One (Ontario) agrees to change bad LED lighting

Hydro One bad LED lighting upgrade
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CBC The Current: It’s early morning all night long, LED street lights

Halifax resident Hillary Harris says her whole family is awake due to the new LED street lights the city installed right across from her front porch. (Courtesy of Hillary Harris)
On May 9th, 2017, CBC's The Current radio show took on the topic of LED street lights and light pollution. You can read the full story here entitled "It's early morning all night long: Halifax residents revolt over LED street lights" and listen to this segment of the show below via the CBC radio player. This is [...]