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IDA Urges Decision-Makers in China Consider Cost-Effective Alternatives to “Artificial Moon”

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According to recent media reports, China’s Chengdu, a city in the Sichuan province, has announced plans for an experimental “artificial moon” to be launched in 2020, with two additional satellite launches slated for 2022. The… Read More

Croatia Set To Enact One Of The World’s Most Advanced National Light Pollution Laws

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A proposed country-wide law in Croatia would conform to IDA’s endorsed best practices, including requirements concerning both shielding and color temperature of outdoor lighting. The law is also poised to stand as a template for… Read More

International Dark-Sky Association Establishes Ohio Chapter

The International Dark-Sky Association welcomes a new chapter in Ohio U.S. to support efforts that protect the nighttime environment from light pollution across the state of Ohio.  Light pollution–defined as the inappropriate use of artificial… Read More

World’s Newest International Dark Sky Reserve Is Largest In Europe

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Dark night skies remain accessible over southeastern France, thanks to efforts undertaken by a region of the country described by National Geographic as “classic landscape of traditional French life”. In recognition, Cévennes National Park has been… Read More

Kanab, Utah Preserves View of the Stars with Outdoor Lighting Ordinance

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On June 26, 2018, after a two-year citizen-led effort, the Kanab City Council enacted an outdoor lighting ordinance to protect the natural darkness that makes Kane County, Utah, a great place to see stars. Residents… Read More

Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park Becomes World’s Newest International Dark Sky Park

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The National Park Service and IDA are pleased to announce that Petrified Forest National Park has been officially designated as an International Dark Sky Park. An IDA International Dark-Sky Park (IDSP) is a land possessing… Read More

Study Links Artificial Light at Night and Cancer Risk

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A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives investigated the relationship between artificial light at night (ALAN) in Spain and the risk of developing breast or prostate cancer.1 Previous research has shown that night shift… Read More

Wimberley Valley Cities Become Third International Dark Sky Community in Texas

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In recognition of noteworthy local efforts to reduce light pollution and promote the benefits of nighttime darkness, IDA today designated the Wimberley Valley of Texas as an International Dark Sky Community. It is only the… Read More

The Pull of Dark Sky Islands

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By Guest Writer Ada Blair I love visiting islands. I always feel a strong sense of crossing a threshold, entering into a different, more relaxed frame of mind, when I’m on a ferry leaving the mainland… Read More

Your True Nature: A True Partner

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Ilan Shamir founded Your True Nature, a company that produces nature-themed gifts, about 20 years ago. His daughter, Laurel Alyn-Forest, is now helping to run the company and she also serves on IDA’s board.  … Read More