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Updated: Oct 24, 2017

Light pollution in the United States and across the world has been gaining much attention from the public. Light pollution is defined by the United States based non-profit organization International Dark-Sky Association, as any negative effects caused by artificial lighting, that either wastes energy or decreases visibility at night by glare, light clutter or sky glow. Man made sources of light alters the light levels of the outdoor environment so much that natural sources of light cannot be seen, or appreciated.


In England for example, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, is demanding greater control and the reduction of the amount of street lights and neon signs. Many people both in rural England and America are affected in a negative way from light pollution. A survey conducted by the British Astronomical Association found that 83% of the people surveyed in the UK have been negatively affected by light pollution caused by artificial lighting. They claim that artificial light has prevented them from viewing the night sky, and 50% of those survived say that their sleep had also been disrupted.