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3 Insects Affected by Light Pollution

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If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. — Naturalist E… Read More

Flagstaff AZ Images at Night Show Success with Years of Dark Sky Advocacy

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New images taken by the National Park Service of Flagstaff, Arizona show the years of dedicated dark sky advocacy and restrictions has been a success. The aim for the images was to better understand the… Read More

Press Release: Protecting Dark Skies for Astronomy and Life

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Below is the Press Release that was released on January 6th by the Lowell Observatory and National Optical Astronomy Observatory. John Barentine, IDA’s Program Manager, participated in the AAS Workshop in Grapevine, TX. JOINT PRESS… Read More

Judge Ruled Against City of Monterey Over LED Conversion

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Recently, a judge ruled against the city of Monterey, stating they violated the California Environmental Quality Act and the Brown Act when they began their LED streetlight conversion in 2009. A group of Monterey residents calling… Read More

Contact Your Elected Official to Fight Against Blue-Rich LED Street Lighting

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Many cities across the globe are replacing their older street lights with newer LED technology. Specifically, with the blue-rich white LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. While many praise the LED conversions as a money saving and… Read More

Call to Action! Contact Chicago’s Administration to Demand a Responsible Outdoor Lighting Plan

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IDA’s Executive Director, Scott Feierabend has sent an urgent letter to Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel’s regarding the proposed outdoor lighting plan. This letter urges Emanuel and his Administration to choose a safe, responsible outdoor lighting… Read More

Why is Blue Light at Night Bad?

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New technical capabilities often come with unanticipated challenges. White LED lighting often has much higher levels of potentially harmful blue light. In 2010, IDA published its paper, “Visibility, Environmental, and Astronomical Issues Associated with Blue-Rich White… Read More

5 Ways to Celebrate Dark Sky Week!

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1. During International Dark Sky Week, get together with friends and family and go outside at night. A lot of us don’t take the opportunity to experience the nighttime environment. Go outside, look up and… Read More

5 Popular Myths About LED Streetlights

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The rapid changes in LED lighting technology have given rise to an LED retrofit revolution. Across the globe, municipalities are opting to switch out their older street lighting to new, more energy-efficient LEDs. Unfortunately, these… Read More

Eyes In The Sky: Exploring Global Light Pollution With Satellite Maps

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Billions of people around the world routinely experience light pollution in the form of skyglow, the ever-present “haze” of light over cities at night. It comes from light on the ground scattering in the atmosphere… Read More