Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

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Overview

While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known-for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting-the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in salamanders, many organisms are seriously affected by human alterations in natural patterns of light and dark. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is the first book to consider the environmental effects of the intentional illumination of the night. It brings together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of knowledge on the subject and to describe specific effects that have been observed across a full range of taxonomic groups, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting provides a scientific basis to begin addressing the challenge of conserving the nighttime environment. It cogently demonstrates the vital importance of this until-now neglected topic and is an essential new work for conservation planners, researchers, and anyone concerned with human impacts on the natural world.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Botanic Garden
The adverse effects of night lighting on the environment have only come to the attention of scientists during the last fifty years. This intriguing book, edited by Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore, brings together historic accounts and recent scientific findings in a broad spectrum of writings on the significant influence of night light on plants and animals. Divided into six parts according to taxonomic groups, the text documents seminal studies showing that overabundant artificial lighting has played a role in the lives of plants and animals by disrupting regular rhythms and creating serious hazards for fauna. In conclusion, the editors offer a thought-provoking reminder, "...as we light the world to suit our needs and whims...doing so may come at the expense of other living beings ... .— Marilyn K. Alaimo
The Quarterly Review of Biology
This book is very readable and should be of interest to a wide audien
— Lyn G. Branch
Chicago Botanic Garden

"The adverse effects of night lighting on the environment have only come to the attention of scientists during the last fifty years. This intriguing book, edited by Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore, brings together historic accounts and recent scientific findings in a broad spectrum of writings on the significant influence of night light on plants and animals. Divided into six parts according to taxonomic groups, the text documents seminal studies showing that overabundant artificial lighting has played a role in the lives of plants and animals by disrupting regular rhythms and creating serious hazards for fauna. In conclusion, the editors offer a thought-provoking reminder, "...as we light the world to suit our needs and whims...doing so may come at the expense of other living beings ... ."

— Marilyn K. Alaimo

Science

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is an excellent reference that will undoubtedly raise awareness of the need to conserve energy, do proper impact assessments, and turn the lights down.

— David Hill

Northeastern Naturalist

"A powerful compendium. Surely eye opening for many ecologists. ... Recommended for wildlife ecologists and anyone fighting light pollution."

— Sarah O'Malley

The Quarterly Review of Biology

This book is very readable and should be of interest to a wide audience, ranging from professional biologists and managers to students. ... Conservation practitioners will find strong support for the need to incorporate artificial night lighting into impact assessments and conservation planning.

— Lyn G. Branch

Biological Conservation

"This is a book with a mission and a soul. At the front of each part is an extract of prose from one of a variety of authors that make us remember that nights are meant to be dark, beautiful and exciting. It is an academic book, but one that is written and presented in such a way that it will appeal to anyone with an interest in ecology."

— Paul Elliott

The Auk

Anyone interested in how human civilization affects natural environments will want to see this book; the literature reviews will be a treasure-trove for biologists beginning to learn about the problems.

— Robert L. Crawford

The Condor

"It should be a primary source for anyone dealing with work related to lights and their impacts on living organisms. It’s on my primary source reading list."

— Albert M. Manville II

The Auk

"Anyone interested in how human civilization affects natural environments will want to see this book; the literature reviews will be a treasure-trove for biologists beginning to learn about the problems."
The Condor

"It should be a primary source for anyone dealing with work related to lights and their impacts on living organisms. It's on my primary source reading list."
Biological Conservation

"This is a book with a mission and a soul. At the front of each part is an extract of prose from one of a variety of authors that make us remember that nights are meant to be dark, beautiful and exciting. It is an academic book, but one that is written and presented in such a way that it will appeal to anyone with an interest in ecology."
Northeastern Naturalist

"A powerful compendium. Surely eye opening for many ecologists. ... Recommended for wildlife ecologists and anyone fighting light pollution."
Science

"Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is an excellent reference that will undoubtedly raise awareness of the need to conserve energy, do proper impact assessments, and turn the lights down."
Science - David Hill

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is an excellent reference that will undoubtedly raise awareness of the need to conserve energy, do proper impact assessments, and turn the lights down.

The Quarterly Review of Biology - Lyn G. Branch

This book is very readable and should be of interest to a wide audience, ranging from professional biologists and managers to students. ... Conservation practitioners will find strong support for the need to incorporate artificial night lighting into impact assessments and conservation planning.

The Auk - Robert L. Crawford

Anyone interested in how human civilization affects natural environments will want to see this book; the literature reviews will be a treasure-trove for biologists beginning to learn about the problems.

The Condor - Albert M. Manville II

"It should be a primary source for anyone dealing with work related to lights and their impacts on living organisms. It’s on my primary source reading list."

Biological Conservation - Paul Elliott

"This is a book with a mission and a soul. At the front of each part is an extract of prose from one of a variety of authors that make us remember that nights are meant to be dark, beautiful and exciting. It is an academic book, but one that is written and presented in such a way that it will appeal to anyone with an interest in ecology."

Northeastern Naturalist - Sarah O'Malley

"A powerful compendium. Surely eye opening for many ecologists. ... Recommended for wildlife ecologists and anyone fighting light pollution."

Chicago Botanic Garden - Marilyn K. Alaimo

"The adverse effects of night lighting on the environment have only come to the attention of scientists during the last fifty years. This intriguing book, edited by Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore, brings together historic accounts and recent scientific findings in a broad spectrum of writings on the significant influence of night light on plants and animals. Divided into six parts according to taxonomic groups, the text documents seminal studies showing that overabundant artificial lighting has played a role in the lives of plants and animals by disrupting regular rhythms and creating serious hazards for fauna. In conclusion, the editors offer a thought-provoking reminder, "...as we light the world to suit our needs and whims...doing so may come at the expense of other living beings ... ."

Quarterly Review of Biology

"This book is very readable and should be of interest to a wide audience, ranging from professional biologists and managers to students. ... Conservation practitioners will find strong support for the need to incorporate artificial night lighting into impact assessments and conservation planning."
Chicago Botanic Garden Lenhardt Library's Current Books

"This intriguing book...offer[s] a thought-provoking reminder, '...as we light the world to suit our needs and whims...doing so may come at the expense of other living beings ... .'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559631280
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2005
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Night, Venezuela 16
2 Effects of artificial night lighting on terrestrial mammals 19
3 Bats and their insect prey at streetlights 43
Night, Maine woods 62
4 Effects of artificial night lighting on migrating birds 67
5 Influences of artificial light on marine birds 94
6 Road lighting and grassland birds : local influence of road lighting on a black-tailed godwit population 114
Night, Tortuguero 138
7 Protecting sea turtles from artificial night lighting at Florida's oceanic beaches 141
8 Night lights and reptiles : observed and potential effects 169
9 Observed and potential effects of artificial night lighting on Anuran amphibians 192
10 Influence of artificial illumination on the nocturnal behavior and physiology of salamanders 221
Night, Atlantic 253
11 Artificial night lighting and fishes 257
Night, tropics 278
12 Artificial night lighting and insects : attraction of insects to streetlamps in a rural setting in Germany 281
13 Effects of artificial night lighting on moths 305
14 Stray light, fireflies, and fireflyers 345
15 Artificial light at night in freshwater habitats and its potential ecological effects 365
Night, Massachusetts 386
16 Physiology of plant responses to artificial lighting 389
17 Synthesis 413
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Interesting book.

    This was a book that I was interested in to further my research into the effects of artificial lighting on the human. It is actually lacking in this particular area! It is well known today that compact florescent lights (CFL) and light emitting diode (LED) lights are having detrimental effects on humans. It is known that streetlights can have undesirable effects to the human also. The book does discuss how some of these relate to ecological systems. The book is very unique and has some interesting insights into ecosystem behaviors that are likely impacting the human. It is written by researchers and is a collection of their articles. I enjoyed the book, but I do consider the lack of human study an oversight for the ordinary person who wants to know how your office and home lighting products are affecting your health and the welfare of your family. It is a five star book on the impacts to birds, animals, plants and fish.

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