Starlight, Beyond Light Pollution 2016

This year’s conference on light pollution will take place from 4th-6th of July.

Most people think the problem of light pollution begins and ends with astonomers not seeing stars. The stars are beautiful, and we all lose when we can’t see them, but there’s much more to it than that.

  • It’s a waste of money to send light where you don’t need it.
  • The wasted light causes serious problems for wildlife. Eg. migrating birds crash into buildings and turtle hatchlings head into the tourist resort instead of the beach.
  • Light trespassing into your bedroom frequently causes insomnia, making it hard to concentrate the next day.
  • That insomnia disrupts the body’s natural hormones. It’s harder to lose weight. There is growing evidence that streetlights shining into your bedroom helps breast cancer to grow.

And the silly thing is that the solutions are much easier than most people expect.

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