Burning the Earth

Hi All! Everyday while driving through the traffic or traveling by public transport we crib about pollution and changing weather. In Delhi we are now going to witness the hottest summer this year as forecasted by Weather Dept. So, how much of the responsibility for this weather change lies with us? I thought and found that some of the things that cause pollution are our daily needs. But one major factor affecting weather is “LIGHT”. We are burning the Earth by lighting. Here is some stuff that I found on this subject.

Light pollution, also known as photo pollution or luminous pollution, is excess or obtrusive light created by humans. Among other effects, and like any other form of pollution, it disrupts ecosystems, can cause adverse health effects, obscures the stars for city dwellers, and interferes with astronomical observatories. Light pollution can be construed to fall into two main branches: annoying light that intrudes on an otherwise natural or low light setting and excessive light, generally indoors, that leads to worker discomfort and adverse health effects. Since the early 1980s, a global dark-sky movement has emerged, with concerned people campaigning to reduce the amount of light pollution.

Light pollution is a side effect of industrial civilization. Its sources include building exterior and interior lighting, advertising, commercial properties, offices, factories, streetlights, and illuminated sporting venues. It is most severe in highly industrialized, densely populated areas of North America, Europe, and Japan and in major cities in the Middle East like Cairo, but even relatively small amounts of light can be noticed and create problems. Like other forms of pollution, such as air, water and noise pollution, light pollution causes damage to the environment.

So, do we really need those heavy streets lights at night? We have substitutes then why not to implement. Just think of it. Or keep burning the earth that will burn the humans in coming time.

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~ by gizmoghost on April 18, 2008.

One Response to “Burning the Earth”

  1. uRXW31 Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

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