Light pollution in cities can make it hard for us to see the stars, but can it also kill baby sea turtles? How dangerous is light pollution?
Illuminating the Effects of Light Pollution
“In many bustling cities and towns, bright lights from towering high-rise buildings, houses and street lamps obscure views of the cosmos and contribute to an environmental problem called ‘light pollution.'”
Light Pollution Taking Toll on Wildlife, Eco-Groups Say
“Light pollution also endangers sea turtles. Beaches in sections of Florida’s highly developed coastline are nesting ground for rare loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles. Bright lights nearby discourage females from coming ashore to nest.”
Missing the Dark: Health Effects of Light Pollution
“When does nuisance light become a health hazard? Richard Stevens, a professor and cancer epidemiologist at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut, says light photons must hit the retina for biologic effects to occur. ‘However, in an environment where there is much artificial light at night-such as Manhattan or Las Vegas-there is much more opportunity for exposure of the retina to photons that might disrupt circadian rhythm,’ he says.”
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Written By: Julian Huguet