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Light Pollution

Responses and Remedies

Mizon, Bob

2nd ed. 2012, XXII, 282 p. 165 illus., 42 illus. in color.

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  • This new edition presents the many developments in the field over the past few years, including anti-light pollution legislation in various countries and new departures in lighting design
  • Discusses the ways artificial light has impacted modern life and suggests the latest proposed solutions, especially inexpensive and practical solutions
  • Explains the various issues and problems of wasted artificial light

Light pollution is a major threat to astronomy across the entire developed world. The night sky that most of us can see bears little relationship to the spectacular vistas that our ancestors have gazed at for tens of thousands of years. It is ironic that as our understanding of the universe has improved, our ability to see it has been dramatically reduced by the skyglow of our civilization.

In the second edition of Light Pollution - Responses and Remedies, Bob Mizon delves into the history and practice of lighting and how its misue has not only stolen the stars, but blighted our lives and those of our fellow-creatures on this planet. This book suggests how we can win back the night sky and at the same time save energy and money, improve our health, and even lower crime rate! It also includes a list of targets for urban stargazers, and recommendations for ensuring sane lighting worldwide.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Artificial light cities - Energy waste - Filtering light pollution - IDA recommendations - Light control - Light pollution - Natural radiations - Types of lamps - Urban glare - dark skies astronomy - dark sky preservation - lamp fixtures design

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Policy, Economics, Management & Transport - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Preface.- Part I: The Gift of Light?.- Chapter 1: Living with Light.- Chapter 2: Light Pollution - The Problem Defined.- Chapter 3: Adverse Impacts of Inefficient Artificial Lighting.- Chapter 4: Artificial Lighting, Quality of Life and Health.- Chapter 5: Artificial Lighting and Crime.- Chapter 6: Quantifying the Problem.- Part II: Piercing the Veil - Techniques and Targets.- Chapter 7: Techniques.- Chapter 8: Targets.- Part III: Dark Future?.- Chapter 9: Light Pollution Solutions for the Twenty-First Century.- Appendices.- Appendix 1: The StarLight Conference 2007: Declaration in Defense of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight (La Palma Declaration).- Appendix 2: Information about organizations committed to reducing light pollution.- Appendix 3: Starry Starry Night.- Appendix 4: The future of street lighting - a professional's view.- Appendix 5: Recommendations for good light control: the ILP guidance notes, the IDA Good Neighbor Practical Guide and Outdoor Lighting advice and an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) policy statement.- Appendix 6: Extracts from articles on the legal aspect of light pollution.- Appendix 7: Some lighting myths (IDA).- Appendix 8: Advice from IDA and CfDS on seeking action on lighting and the environment from local authorities and others.- Appendix 9: Governmental guidelines on good lighting practice: examples.- Appendix 10: The IDA's Simple Guidelines for Lighting Regulations for Small Communities, Urban Neighborhoods, and Subdivisions.- Glossary of Terms.- Bibliography.- Index.

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