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"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."
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"A powerful compendium. Surely eye opening for many ecologists. ... Recommended for wildlife ecologists and anyone fighting light pollution."
"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 ... ."
|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|
|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|
|11||Artificial night lighting and fishes||257|
|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|
|16||Physiology of plant responses to artificial lighting||389|
Posted February 23, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.