Loss of the Night
The illumination of the night caused by artificial light
The photo above shows a bright night sky, illuminated by an abundance of lights. Because light has positive connotations with security, wealth and modernity, humans tend to illuminate their environment intensively. Although artificial light provides countless advantages to humans, it also has its dark side. Over the last decades, light pollution, the pollution of naturally dark skies by artificial light, has intensified, without regard to its potential impacts on humans and the environment. While some scientific investigation of light pollution and its effects has taken place, it has been narrowly focused within astronomy or the effects on single organisms. To date, there has not been a wide ranging interdisciplinary investigation.
In the interdisciplinary research project "Loss of the Night", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), scientists will investigate the reasons for the increasing illumination of the night, its ecological, cultural and socioeconomic effects, and the effects on human health. The results of this research will help us to develop improved lighting concepts and sustainable technologies.
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Federal Ministry of Education and Research - Project EARTH Our Future.
The research group is also part of the research platform MILIEU of Freie Universität Berlin
Loss of the night initiated the EU network LoNNe (Loss of the Night Network) to join venture for the scientifical analysis of light pollution. In the EU-COST Action ES1204 participate today parties from 18 countries.