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Artificial outdoor lighting doesn’t just ruin people’s view of the stars. Scientists are increasingly worried that artificial light takes a toll on animals and plants, with damaging consequences for entire ecosystems. As science journalist Aisling Irwin explains in Nature, research on light pollution is still in its infancy, but scientists are already working on solutions to mitigate the problem. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone who doesn’t want to be left in the dark about this important new field of research.

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Aisling Irwin is a science journalist based in Oxford, UK.



Light pollution is the artificial light brightening the night sky.

Light pollution refers to artificial sources of light, such as street lights, that brighten the planet. Furthermore, the sky reflects artificial light in a process referred to as “skyglow.” Today, artificial light brightens 10% of the Earth’s land surface area. An additional 13% is affected by sky glow.

Light is emitted over a range of wavelengths. Light emitting diodes (LED), an energy-efficient and increasingly popular lighting source, emit full-spectrum white light that replicates the natural solar spectrum. 

Light at night disturbs the natural rhythm of animals and plants...

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