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Young Advocates Set Their Eyes on Tackling Light Pollution

HARP students light pollution stakeholder meeting

Earlier this month, the International Dark-Sky Association was contacted by a group of students  from Bioscience High School in Phoenix, Arizona. The group, Helping Achieve a Renewable Planet (H.A.R.P.), has been researching the subject of… Read more

Pollinators: switch street lights off at midnight to help moths and nocturnal wildlife

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  by Callum Macgregor Postdoctoral research associate, University of York Conservation is often a conflict between the demands of development and a desire to do what is best for the environment. It’s rare that we get… Read more

How Light Pollution Affects the Pennsylvanian Ecosystem

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By guest writer, Craig Campbell As little as 100 years ago, it was possible to look up in the sky at night and see millions of stars spread across the Milky Way. Now, there are… Read more

Survey of International Dark-Sky Association Members: Findings and Implications

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By guest contributor: Megan Albaugh Bonham Light pollution and night sky preservation have caught the attention of many researchers, but social scientists have been slow to join in. I hope to change that. I’m a… Read more

Seabird Fatalities Caused by Artificial Lights

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By guest writer Airam Rodríguez, postdoctoral researcher at Estación Biológica de Doñana CSIC, Spain Human alteration of natural light levels in the environment increases every year and leads to the loss of natural nightscapes worldwide. Light… Read more

The Night Sky and You

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By: Dawn Davies, Public Advocacy Volunteer IDA Public Advocacy Volunteer and amateur astronomer, Dawn Davies, shares the hidden wonders of the night sky to engage our sense of wonder and inspire exploration of the night… Read more

Dark Skies Over the Bears Ears

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Guest Post by Stewart Aitchison Most of the proposed 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah is blessed with extraordinary dark skies. For at least 12,000 years, from paleo-hunter/gatherers to modern farmers, ranchers… Read more

Grad Student Helps Acadia with Dark Sky Bid

Three people sit looking over the water at Acadia National Park. The night sky is filled with star and you can see a hint of he Milky Way.

Guest post by Locher Grove It’s not easy to find dark skies along the East Coast of the continental United States.  Development and expansion have increased light pollution along the seaboard, disrupting ecosystems and stargazing. … Read more

Night Lights and Prosperity Don’t Always Go Hand in Hand

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By guest writer Chris Kyba North Korea is famously dark compared to South Korea and China at night, and images like the one above are often used to demonstrate the consequences of its “unenlightened” policies. I certainly wouldn’t… Read more

You’re Never too Young (or Old) to Become a Dark Sky Advocate

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By high school senior and dark sky advocate Jessica Elliott When I was in the third grade, my class took a trip to a wetlands to see the way Earth is interconnected with the animals… Read more