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A Look Back at the ALAN 2013 Conference

As one of the plenary speakers during the ALAN 2013 conference considering the problems of light pollution, Dr. Karolina M. Zielinska–Dabkowska offers her overview of the event

New publication of Verlust der Nacht!

Effects of artificial light on drift behavior of Gammarus spp.

New publication of Verlust der Nacht

Light pollution impairs rainforest regeneration as seed-dispersing bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas!

IDA Dark Sky Defender Award 2013

Verlust der Nacht received for the ALAN 2013 Conference the Award from the Internationalen Dark-Sky Association!

Loss of the Night Network (LONNE)

Verlust der Nacht is part of a European Research Network

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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.

Our Homepage provides detailed information about the project, the participating institutes and the state of current scientific research.
Are you looking for information about "Loss of the Night" at a glance? Here you will find our flyer.

The project ist funded by the
Loss of the night is a partner of the Science Year 2012 for sustainable development of the 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
























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