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Miao Cao, Ting Xu, Daqiang Yin, Understanding light pollution: recent advances on its health threats and regulations, Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2022, ISSN 1001-0742, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jes.2022.06.020.(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1001074222003291) Abstract The prevalence of artificial lights not only improves the lighting conditions for modern society, but also poses kinds of health threats to human health. Although there are regulations and...
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Wang L, Gong Y, Fang Q, et al. Association Between Exposure to Outdoor Artificial Light at Night and Sleep Disorders Among Children in China. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(5):e2213247. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.13247 Key Points Question  Is artificial light at night (ALAN) associated with sleep disorders in Chinese children? Findings  In this cross-sectional study including 201 994 participants from the National Chinese Children...
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Click on the blue time links below the video to jump straight to a talk. This FAS webinar is aimed at the interested amateur through to early-career post-doctorate researcher. It aims to bring together expert speakers to explain the challenges that are posed by large constellations of satellites to the use of LEO space, the...
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Source: https://spacenews.com/mounting-evidence-shows-need-for-starlink-gen-2-environmental-review-says-viasat/ by Jason Rainbow — May 2, 2022 TAMPA, Fla. — Evidence is mounting of a need to perform an environmental review before approving SpaceX’s plans to add nearly 30,000 satellites to its Starlink constellation, satellite broadband competitor Viasat told the FCC May 2.  SpaceX shouldn’t be allowed to greatly expand its Starlink network while light pollution...
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Preprint – Journal of Dark Sky Studies, Vol. 1 Whitening the Sky: light pollution as a form of cultural genocideDuane W. Hamacher 1, Krystal De Napoli 2, and Bon Mott 31 ASTRO-3D Centre of Excellence, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, 3010, Australia. 2 School of Physics & Astronomy, Monash University, Clayton VIC,...
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Liu, L., Jia, P., Huang, Y. et al. Space industrialization. Environ Chem Lett (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10311-022-01411-2 In this article the authors review the impacts of space debris on earth’s environment. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10311-022-01411-2
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Source: https://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.6.2.20220209b/full/ In his 1965 book, Starlight Nights, amateur astronomer and renowned comet finder Leslie Peltier recalled looking down at Los Angeles from Mount Wilson Observatory and noting the city lights encroaching on the mountainside. He was also concerned about the reflection of sunlight off growing fields of space debris. He wrote, “I realize that I...
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Source: https://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann22001/ 7 February 2022 An international collaboration involving ESO has submitted a new paper to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) seeking better protections for the Earth’s dark and quiet skies. The paper was accepted for discussion today at the ongoing session of the COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee,...
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Source: https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/newglobalatlasmapsoutoceanareasmostaffectedbylightpollution/ 15 December 2021 As coastal areas become increasingly built up, concerns are growing about levels of artificial light at night (ALAN) and its potential impacts on the marine environment. Light pollution is well-studied in terms of its effects on the night sky and astronomy, and on terrestrial ecosystems, but until now researchers didn’t...
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Romain Sordello, Samuel Busson, Jérémie H. Cornuau, Philippe Deverchère, Baptiste Faure, Adrien Guetté, Franz Hölker, Christian Kerbiriou, Thierry Lengagne, Isabelle Le Viol, Travis Longcore, Pascal Moeschler, Jessica Ranzoni, Nicolas Ray, Yorick Reyjol, Yoann Roulet, Sibylle Schroer, Jean Secondi, Nicolas Valet, Sylvie Vanpeene, Sébastien Vauclair, A plea for a worldwide development of dark infrastructure for biodiversity...
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