Tag Archives: Environment

The problem of light pollution – TED Talks

TED Talks The problem of light pollution
Ever gaze up at the starry night sky? This stunning view is at risk of disappearing -- unless we act now, says astrophysicist Kelsey Johnson. In this fascinating, unexpectedly funny talk, she explains how light pollution affects almost every species on earth (including us) and shares five "stupidly simple" things you can do to help [...]

New NATGEO article: Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price

light pollution sky quality meter

Did you know light pollution is growing each year, faster than any other form of pollution? The invention of the white LED has herald a new wave of energy efficiency that has produced the opposite of what was intended – we are using more artificial light than ever before because LED is cheap and white […]

Local Kitchener company reduces its light pollution footprint

LED wallpack light unshielded.

Heroux-Devtek of Kitchener recently switched to LED lights without being aware of the environmental impacts it would have. Then they fixed the problem. Most are familiar with land, water and air pollution but few know that artificial light at night can also be a pollutant to our environment. Heroux-Devtek, an aerospace company in Kitchener, Ontario, […]

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 [...]