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Protecting the Night of a Nation 

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Leo Smith, IDA’s Northeast Regional Director and Chair of the Connecticut Chapter, is a strategic leader working to build momentum for dark sky protection across the United States. As a long time dark sky advocate… Read more

Response to SpaceX Starlink Low Earth Orbit Satellite Constellation

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Tucson, AZ – On May 23, 2019, the spacecraft company, SpaceX launched a group of sixty satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO). Due to their reflective solar panels and other metal surfaces, the satellites are… Read more

The European Union Adopts New Guidance On Roadway Lighting Installations

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by John C. Barentine, Ph.D. IDA Director of Public Policy When white light-emitting diode (LED) technology appeared on the outdoor lighting market late in the last decade, the world was on the edge of economic… Read more

France Adopts National Light Pollution Policy Among Most Progressive In The World

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by John Barentine, IDA Director of Public Policy A new law came into effect in France on the first day of 2019 that sets an important standard in western Europe for the protection of nighttime… Read more

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

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by John Barentine Director of Public Policy 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… Read more

Texas Collaboration Protects Dark Skies

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The western part of Texas is home to one of the largest oil and gas producing regions in the US, the Permian Basin. Also located in this area is the McDonald Observatory, home of the… 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

IDA Announces Criteria for Community-Friendly Outdoor Sports Lighting

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IDA’s mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible lighting. The need for environmentally responsible outdoor lighting that balances the human need for light with… Read more

Harvard Law School Student Studies Light Pollution Case Law for IDA

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Tucson, AZ — Harvard Law School student, Iris Zhou, performed a three-week internship at IDA Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona where she researched case law related to light pollution. As a part of her internship, Zhou… Read more

Call for New Members for the International Dark-Sky Association Technical Committee

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The International Dark-Sky Association Technical Committee provides guidance to the IDA Board, Executive Director, and staff on policies and guidelines related to outdoor lighting practices. This highly skilled team of lighting specialists and environmental scientists… Read more

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