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  • Sagar

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    June 14, 2024 at 1:00 pm
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    Light pollution refers to the excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive use of artificial (usually outdoor) light. Some key points about light pollution:

    1. Definition: Light pollution is the presence of unwanted, intrusive, or excessive artificial (usually outdoor) light. It is often referred to as the “other carbon dioxide.”

    2. Causes: The main causes of light pollution include street lights, commercial properties, industrial facilities, residential lighting, vehicle headlights, and illuminated recreational areas.

    3. Effects:

      • It disrupts natural cycles of plants and animals, affecting their behavior and health.
      • It reduces visibility of the night sky, making it harder to observe stars and other celestial objects.
      • It wastes energy and increases carbon emissions from electricity generation.
      • It can have negative impacts on human health, leading to sleep disruption and other issues.
    4. Types:

      • Glare – Excessive brightness that causes visual discomfort
      • Skyglow – Brightening of the night sky over populated areas
      • Light trespass – Light falling where it is not intended or needed
      • Clutter – Excessive grouping of light sources, creating complexity
    5. Mitigation:

      • Use energy-efficient and properly shielded outdoor lighting
      • Adopt policies and regulations to control excessive outdoor lighting
      • Raise public awareness about the impacts of light pollution
      • Promote the concept of “Dark Skies” in urban planning and development

    Overall, light pollution is a growing environmental issue that has negative impacts on ecology, energy use, and human health. Addressing it requires both individual and community-level efforts.

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