Light Pollution

Light Pollution

Recent news in Light Pollution:

AMA adopts community guidance to reduce the harmful human and environmental effects of high intensity street lighting.  Press Release, 14 June 2016, American Medical Association.

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2016/2016-06-14-community-guidance-street-lighting.page .

For more information, also see: Stevens RG. Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights.  The Conversation, 21 June 2016
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/21/health/led-streetlights-ama/index.html

 

A Quick Link from Listverse with 10 major light pollution issues

More links to articles can be found here.

The incredibly unsuitable developments that have already been allowed, and Salta’s newest developments at 647-9 and 627 Victoria Street will cause enormous amounts of light pollution in the sensitive Yarra River Corridor. The effects of light pollution on flora and fauna, and also on humans, with alarming research showing links to breast cancer and possibly prostate cancer, are well documented. Artificial light at night acts as a pollutant, with significant and adverse impacts to ecosystems. It can cause disorientation or act as an unnatural stimulus to wildlife, disrupt reproduction for many species, increase or decrease competition between species, benefit some predators to the detriment of their prey species, and it has an effect on the seasonal adjustments of trees. This problem could be compounded by a big push towards energy-efficient LED lighting.  A variety of new lighting technologies, purportedly for cost savings or environmental reasons are being introduced. However, while these lights may be more eco-friendly to run, the brighter, whiter light they produce may be more intrusive to nocturnal species, and more damaging to humans.
None of this is considered in the many hundreds of pages of useless reports submitted by Salta. There is NO environmental report. There is one single line comment about the ecology of the area, in the engineer’s  report, which states that “the site contains minimal ecology of significant value, as the vegetation has been long cleared”.
Note that the vegetation was cleared by the developer.  No mention is made of the colony of brown tree frogs that is established on the site.

Light fulfills many functions for society, but artificial lighting is not purely benign.
Slovenia introduced a national lighting pollution reduction law in 2007.
France followed suit in 2013.
A research collaboration “Loss of the Night” was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research from 2010-2013.
North America and Canada have devoted substantial resources to research and education about light pollution, including International Dark-Sky Association, Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP), New England Light Pollution Advisory Group, Lights Out Chicago! program, and education programmes for children
In the UK there is an organisation called Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS).

What is happening in Australia?
South Australia:
https://www.assa.org.au/lightpollution
Western Australia:
http://www.penv.com.au/high-horizons-response-of-hatchling-flatback-marine-turtles-to-artificial-light-pollution/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-30/light-pollution-puts-wallabies-at-risk/6813934

 

We would like to thank local residents and concerned river users for these contributions. If you have more environmental information about the area, please contact us. We will publish your information, with attribution, or you may remain anonymous if you wish.

Residents and river users have valuable insights and information to share and these deserve to be heard by our politicians and the wider community.