Light pollution is bad for humans but may be even worse for animals

5 décembre 2017
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Light is among the fastest growing human-made pollutants of the natural environment. Numbers of outdoor lights are growing rapidly across the world, far outpacing general population growth. We know light pollution costs too much, wastes energy and spoils our view of the night sky.

But these are all human concerns; what does light pollution mean for plants and animals?

Even academics ignored what light pollution does to the ecosystem until the turn of the century. A Google Scholar search for scientific articles concerning “light pollution” and “ecology” prior to the year 2000 returns no relevant search results. The study of “Ecological light pollution” didn’t really take off until a 2004 paper of that name by urban wildlife experts Travis Longcore and Catherine Rich.