The Washington Post reported on November 22, Good night, night: Light pollution increasing around the globe.
Curiously, the more aware we are about light pollution, the worse it has been getting. A German led team of researchers showed a 2 percent increase in brightness on earth between 2012 and 2016 using satellite images taken over 5 Octobers. It’s probably worse than that because the sensor cannot pick up blue LED light.
Since our bodies and the bodies of other animals, birds, insects, fish, vertebrates and invertebrates, we all share a need for a healthy planet.
Ecologist Franz Holker of Germany’s Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) noted, “In addition to threatening 30 per cent of vertebrates that are nocturnal and over 60 per cent of invertebrates that are nocturnal, artificial light also affects plants and microorganisms,” Holker said. “It threatens biodiversity through changed night habits, such as reproduction or migration patterns, of many different species: insects, amphibians, fish, birds, bats and other animals.”
Once again, we are reminded to share the planet with the other creatures on it, that we literally owe our thriving lives to. How about them apples?