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IMPACT OF LIGHT POLLUTION ON DIFFERENT TAXA OF MIGRATORY SPECIES(Prepared by Ms. Laetitia Nunny on behalf of the CMS Secretariat) Extract 1.1.3 Biological impacts of light pollutionOrganisms have evolved under consistent light conditions with day and night, lunar cycles and seasonality (Seymoure, 2018). Natural light is used by wildlife as a resource and to gain...
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30-06-2021 Telecommunication networks use radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to enable wireless communication. These networks have evolved over time, and have been launched in successive generations. The fifth generation of telecommunication networks will operate at frequencies that were not commonly used in previous generations, changing the exposure of wildlife to these waves. This report reviews the literature...
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Source: https://insite.ipwea.org/the-urgency-of-controlling-light-pollution/ Light pollution is defined as the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light at night, and it is the fastest growing pollutant on the planet. Whilst astronomers lament the loss of stars, preventing over 80% of the world’s population from access to a natural sky, light pollution’s impacts are far more reaching. At...
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Schligler Jules, Cortese Daphne, Beldade Ricardo, Swearer Stephen E. and Mills Suzanne C. 2021 Long-term exposure to artificial light at night in the wild decreases survival and growth of a coral reef fish. Proc. R. Soc. B.2882021045420210454 http://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.0454 Abstract Artificial light at night (ALAN) is an increasing anthropogenic pollutant, closely associated with human population density,...
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Wilson, A.A., Ditmer, M.A., Barber, J.R., Carter, N.H., Miller, E.T., Tyrrell, L.P. and Francis, C.D. (2021), Artificial night light and anthropogenic noise interact to influence bird abundance over a continental scale. Glob Change Biol. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15663 Abstract The extent of artificial night light and anthropogenic noise (i.e., “light” and “noise”) impacts is global and has the capacity...
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Levitt BB, Lai HC, Manville AM. Effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields on flora and fauna, part 1. Rising ambient EMF levels in the environment. Rev Environ Health. 2021 May 27. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2021-0026. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34047144. Abstract Ambient levels of electromagnetic fields (EMF) have risen sharply in the last 80 years, creating a...
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Russart KLG, Nelson RJ. Light at night as an environmental endocrine disruptor. Physiol Behav. 2018 Jun 1;190:82-89. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.08.029. Epub 2017 Sep 7. PMID: 28870443; PMCID: PMC5839924. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0031938417302743?via%3Dihub Abstract Environmental endocrine disruptors (EEDs) are often consequences of human activity; however, the effects of EEDs are not limited to humans. A primary focus over the past...
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Alaasam VJ, Liu X, Niu Y, Habibian JS, Pieraut S, Ferguson BS, Zhang Y, Ouyang JQ. Effects of dim artificial light at night on locomotor activity, cardiovascular physiology, and circadian clock genes in a diurnal songbird. Environ Pollut. 2021 Mar 31;282:117036. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117036. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33838441. Abstract Artificial light is transforming the...
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PHOTOGRAPH BY HARUN MEHMEDINOVIĆ As an artist-in-residence at Death Valley National Park, photographer Harun Mehmedinović captured images of its night skies and increasing light pollution. In this snowy shot, he caught both stars and, on the right, the glow of the city of Las Vegas. BY CLAIRE TURRELL PHOTOGRAPHS BY HARUN MEHMEDINOVIĆ DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL Park is a...
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July 2020 A summary of the responses to the consultation and the Government’s response Excerpt 20.PHE is familiar with the evidence submitted to the consultation about possible risks to public health and considers that its advice, as set out below, remains unchanged. 21.PHE updated its guidance, published in October 2019, in respect of 5G in...
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