Green gardening around the clock

Green gardening around the clock

If you have a garden, and if you care for the environment, you have probably planted native flowers, created hiding places for all sorts of critters, don’t use pesticides, and much more. There are many thing we can do to create a little but valuable refuge in our backyard, and the number of environmentally aware …

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EU petition No 0362/2018 on the possible adoption of European legislation against light pollution

EU petition No 0362/2018 on the possible adoption of European legislation against light pollution

Please read the petition by Sibylle Schroer from Stars For All. She suggests to limit light emissions to sensible levels and conduct more research on light levels used in outdoor settings. Here is the full petition, if you like to sign, here is the link to the EU petition. Here is a short article about …

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Short film: Light in harmony with human and nature

Short film: Light in harmony with human and nature

It’s always easy to complain if something is bad. However, there is only useful change when someone also has ideas how to make it better. Many communities want to have street lighting that combines cost efficiency, safety, climate protection, and comfortable light.  But the actual outcomes of new street lightings are mostly quite sober. Last …

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The LakeLab at Lake Stechlin: Studying the impact of artificial light at night on aquatic ecosystems

The LakeLab at Lake Stechlin: Studying the impact of artificial light at night on aquatic ecosystems

Five o’clock in the morning. Lake Stechlin is dark and silent. Only a few lights are moving at the Old Fisherhut. The LakeLab scientists are getting ready to work. We get into the boats, switch off our lights, and drive out onto the lake. After a few moments the eerie glow of the LakeLab becomes …

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An evening at the sea

An evening at the sea

If you’re at the sea, and it’s a warm night, what would you do? I would walk along the beach and take in the night with all its beauty. Start with the sound of the waves, savour the outlines of rocks, add some starlight and the moon. Perfect! Alas, these days this turns out to …

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