Light Pollution

1702 WordsJun 16, 20187 Pages
There is a growing menace in today’s society known as light pollution. Light pollution is essentially excessive light from outside lighting fixtures that is misused and causes several negative effects. This increasing and perplexing issue is often magnified by industrialization and urban development which often neglects to consider the momentous problems light pollution causes. Despite serious efforts to minimize light pollution, “…light pollution rises about 6% every year” (Parks 30). One should know what light pollution entails, the adverse effects and costs of light pollution, ways it can be minimized, and how to appeal to the general public to help alleviate the problem. In more complex terms, light pollution is known as obtrusive…show more content…
Birds often collide with lighted buildings and veer from their migratory courses due to light pollution. Even insects are impacted from light pollution because artificial lights may cause them to stay in close proximity to that light for the whole duration of the night. An insect therefore “expends too much energy and interferes with mating and migration…makes them easy prey for bats…and impacts all species who rely on insects for food or pollination” (“Light Pollution and Wildlife”). Overall, wildlife suffers at the expense of light polluters. Light pollution has also been linked to causing negative health and safety implications for humans. Blue light strains the eye making it more difficult for one to focus on an object because blue light scatters in one’s eyes similar to how it scatters in the atmosphere (“Light Pollution and Human Health”). The types of lighting individuals expose their eyes to impacts their vision which becomes more noticeable in later years. Light pollution frequently causes “disability glare” when an individual is driving and causes temporary blindness creating a hazard for all those on the roadway. Comparable to many species of
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