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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:05 pm 

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I read an article in the Wildfowl and Wetlands trust magazine. It seems that a number of ecologists are very concerned about the effects of light pollution on pond life! They say that these creatures like proper darkness and the backround glare of light pollution at night is causing problems. So something must be done to get rid of ot.

This 'do it not for our benifit but do it for the pond-life' may seem silly to some of us but ecology (as in man damaging it) is an in thing and the is a very powerful lobby to stop anything that does affect flora and fauna. (A much more powerful lobby than we can muster!) So if the message gets out and catches on that light pollution is damaging the ecology maybe somebody will do something about it to make all the eco-voters happy.

You never know.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:43 pm 

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Location: Wales
These articles might be of interest:

Light Pollution Taking Toll on Wildlife, Eco-Groups Say ... ution.html

Environmental Effects of Light

Is light pollution killing our birds?

Light Pollution is Increasing Threat to Migratory Wildlife ... rlight.htm

Light and Plants

Light pollution messes with our hormones ... r_hormones

Deprived of Darkness

Many a night I saw the Pleiades , rising thro' the mellow shade , glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:31 am 

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This is something about which I have been trying to raise awareness for many years. In 1994 I published a letter in the BAA Journal outlining the ecologic effects of light pollution: ... 3.000.html

In this article I pointed out that this was a green issue, and that other environmental organisations should get on board. I have tried several times in the past to encourage organisations like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the WWF and the CPRE, but apart from the CPRE that recognised the threat, they showed absolutely no interest.

Unfortunately they couldn't make the connection, which is very sad. The WWF even allows manufacturers of bad lighting to advertise in its magazine. Light pollution is a very serious environmental problem that is more dangerous than we realise. It has already done considerable damage, rendering much of the UK sterile in urban areas. Commercial interests that promote lighting should be given short shrift.

Those involved in campaigns against light pollution should continue to take it up with environmental organisations. Once they have taken it on board, then we shall have a broader powerbase from which to campaign against it.

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