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“The UK's night skies are still "saturated" with light pollution despite action to reduce it in some areas, campaigners warned today. The latest annual star count survey by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Campaign for Dark Skies showed that more than half the population could only see 10 stars or fewer within the major constellation of Orion. Trials to switch off or dim street lights at certain times of day have often proved controversial with residents - usually for safety reasons - so what can be done to effectively reduce light pollution?”

By Barnaby_B Posted: April 11, 2012


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  • Sir_Chasm  |  April 11 2012, 9:08AM

    We need to dispense with the total misnomer 'light pollution'. Photons do not damage the environment and given the choice between seeing where I'm going or a few extra stars I'll take the former.

  • Ian_Heighton  |  April 11 2012, 1:20PM

    Much as I like to stargaze, safety and security trump astronomy every time.

  • M_C_Donald  |  April 11 2012, 2:21PM

    We need to dispense with the total misnomer 'light pollution'. Agreed, wasted light would be a better description. Better designed lights that reflected more light downwards rather than allowing it to 'leak' upwards would lead to better lit streets or a reduction in the energy required to provide the current level of lighting.

  • streaky09  |  April 11 2012, 4:53PM

    It's not a misnomer, look at the definition of pollute. You also don't have to chose between seeing where you're going and seeing the stars - the problem is most street lighting for example is not fit for purpose. We pay a lot of money to make that orange glow and it doesn't help anybody do anything.

  • Steve_Lincoln  |  April 11 2012, 9:37PM

    Turn them all off after a certain time at night, apart from those at road junctions. The money saved can be used for other things and saving the planets resources at the same time.

  • TB78WHlNE  |  April 12 2012, 12:33AM

    "It's not a misnomer, look at the definition of pollute." Pollution: the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects. So, not pollution then.

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  April 12 2012, 6:40AM

    pol·lute 2. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors: The stadium lights polluted the sky around the observatory. http://tinyurl.com/clb383x

  • TB78WHlNE  |  April 12 2012, 9:41AM

    Oh joy, a game of link wars with the resident pedant. http://tinyurl.com/bnhmmgb http://tinyurl.com/cvmqbnt


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