Is light pollution killing our birds?
Pierantonio Cinzano has offered the webmaster this image of light pollution in the USA from 1950 through the present day and extrapolated, tentatively, into the year 2025! Now only ~13 years away!
This webmaster lived in Bethlehem, PA in 1982. Lehigh Valley AS had only air traffic pylons as a problem! I guess Bethlehem fire-flies are not best pleased! You will have to live on a Rocky Mountain retreat to see the Milky Way in the near future! Is this future worth it? Did Arnold Schwarzenegger get it right?
We will have to see – if we live that long, apparently? Let us hope that the future can fix our frequent failures! If it doesn’t then the 24 hour day will just kill off Life On Earth? – Period!
Something needs to be done soon. Light pollution is already a problem NOW in Death Valley National Park, California. Light Pollution from Las Vegas is the cause of the problem. Have a look at this excellent broadband TV programme from California – skies will have gone from the lower 48? Two out of every three people cannot see the Milky Way from their homes and 99% live under skies polluted by light.
Watch California Connected and learn the truth – which is now 3 years old. We realy are running out of time. We really will be JTL?
BTW news today (26 August 2009) that Death Valley gets to 120 Fahrenheit 6 days sooner than it did way back in 1913.
When will people realise that global warming is a REAL harsh reality and not a mere THEORY?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT? You have heard of the IUCN Red List – Did you know that the IUCN now has a Dark Sky Advisory Group? It seems that they have at last agreed with my “coincidental” observation from last year (2008)? Don’t forget that Life On Earth doesn’t have a reset button. Once gone species do not come back. In spite of Jurassic Park, dinosaurs have not returned.
BTW were you aware that whip-poor-wills in upper New York state are in decline? A friend of the webmaster has reported that in 1983 there were over 200 pairs near where he lives. The last count in 2007 there were only about 7 pairs.
In 2009 he hadn’t heard any! Sad huh? Clearly, whip-poor-wills will soon stop singing because there are none – there is no longer the night in which they once sang? Read more here – Mass Audubon Whip-poor-will Project Maps The maps show locations in Massachusetts where Whip-poor-wills have been reported via various surveys in the past 70 years. I detect a reduction in numbers – what do you think?