Light Pollution

Light Pollution : Responses and Remedies

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There have been many developments in the field of light pollution over the last few years, and this second edition of 'Light Pollution - Responses and Remedies' will introduce them in detail. Examples include the appearance of anti-light pollution legislation in various countries, new departures in lighting design, human health implications, and the growing realization among the general public that lighting is not always a good thing. In this title, author Bob Mizon discusses the various ways in which wasted artificial light has damaged the quality of modern life, and suggest solutions. This book is for anyone who has experienced glare, discomfort, or nuisance from poorly directed lights; has wondered why we waste so much money lighting the sky; or anyone who simply wants to see the stars instead of a baleful urban glow. "Light Pollution, 2nd Edition" offers practical and inexpensive solutions to the world-wide problem of wasted artificial light, and emphasizes that light pollution is not just an astronomers' problem, but affects everyone in various ways.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 793.78g
  • Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2012
  • 42 Illustrations, color; 123 Illustrations, black and white; XXII, 282 p. 165 illus., 42 illus. in color.
  • 1461438217
  • 9781461438212
  • 1,899,479

About Bob Mizon

Bob Mizon, MBE, FRAS, is a planetarium operator and astronomy lecturer, best known in the scientific and environmental community as the co-coordinator of the British Astronomical Association's Campaign for Dark Skies, which aims to turn back the tide of light pollution which has seriously affected our view of the stars over the last 50 years.
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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.
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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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