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A Fungal Fairy-land, Revisited

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Guest post by Anna Chinn Journalist and mushroom romantic, Aotearoa/New Zealand Letting our eyes fill up with darkness, we start to trust our feet and hands to find our way. We’re adjusting to the blindfold… Read more

Remembering Thomas Posch

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The light pollution research community lost a remarkable young scholar last week with the untimely death of Dr. Thomas Posch. In addition to his work in light pollution, he is remembered for his research on… Read more

“Radiance Light Trends” Shows Changes in Earth’s Light Emissions

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Many scientific datasets from satellites are in principle available for free, but that doesn’t mean that they are actually accessible to the wider public. A new web application aims to change that, at least for… Read more

Pollinators: switch street lights off at midnight to help moths and nocturnal wildlife

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  by Callum Macgregor Postdoctoral research associate, University of York Conservation is often a conflict between the demands of development and a desire to do what is best for the environment. It’s rare that we get… Read more

Artificial Light at Night May be Contributing to “Ecological Armageddon”

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In 2017, drastic declines of insects were reported by a team of scientists in Germany. The research indicated that the biomass of flying insects decreased more than 75% over the 27-year study period.1 In a… Read more

Study Links Artificial Light at Night and Cancer Risk

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A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives investigated the relationship between artificial light at night (ALAN) in Spain and the risk of developing breast or prostate cancer.1 Previous research has shown that night shift… Read more

Tucson, Arizona, U.S. Skyglow Reduced 7% after Street Light Conversion

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John Barentine, Director of Conservation at the International Dark-Sky Association, is the lead author of a recent study published online by the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. Although Barentine has previously published papers… Read more

Harvard Law School Student Studies Light Pollution Case Law for IDA

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Tucson, AZ — Harvard Law School student, Iris Zhou, performed a three-week internship at IDA Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona where she researched case law related to light pollution. As a part of her internship, Zhou… Read more

West Nile Virus Infectious Longer in Birds Exposed to Artificial Light at Night

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Artificial light at night doesn’t just affect our ability to see the stars — it also impacts complex ecological interactions and disease transmission factors, with the potential to have profound effects on human health.   What… Read more

Five Years of Satellite Images Show Global Light Pollution Increasing at a Rate of Two Percent Per Year

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Five years of advanced satellite images show that there is more artificial light at night across the globe, and that light at night is getting brighter. The rate of growth is approximately two percent each… Read more