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Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting Paperback – December 9, 2005

ISBN-13: 000-1559631295 ISBN-10: 1559631295 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (December 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559631295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559631297
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."
(Quarterly Review of Biology)


"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 Auk)


"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."
(The Condor)


"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."
(Biological Conservation)


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


"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 ... .'"
(Chicago Botanic Garden Lenhardt Library's Current Books)


"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)

About the Author

CATHERINE RICH is executive officer of The Urban Wildlands Group.

TRAVIS LONGCORE is science director of The Urban Wildlands Group.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
A reader might anticipate from its title that ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF ARTIFICIAL NIGHT LIGHTING holds a in-depth technical focus on night lighting's impact on nature - but it goes beyond chronicling science to consider how human activities from lighting affects animals and plants in a variety of ways. 'Photopollution' exists nearly everywhere thanks to mankind's activities: here are examples not only of effects on plants, insects and animals but how to mitigate them. Sections seek a readable approach by pairing vignettes of events and experiences of nighttime creatures with plenty of science and analysis of the physiological and behavioral effects of light pollution. It's these vignettes which make this book accessible not only to college-level students of science, nature and ecology but the general non-scientist public library browser, as well.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex Hall on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
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What I expected: A dry account of scientific literature on the title's namesake.

What I got: Way more than that.

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting, edited by Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore, is one of the most readable, yet thorough, summaries of a specific topic within science writing that I have read to date. Beyond paraphrased accounts of the drastically-underappreciated scientific studies examining the ecological consequences of artificial night lighting, each section of the book begins with a brief account of a relevant naturalist's anecdotal experiences observing organisms in their nocturnal environment and ends with a succinct, meaningful conclusion as to where we should go from now.

It should be obvious to anyone who has lived within 50 miles of a modern urbanized human society (that means you!) that urban glow lights up the sky unnaturally. ECoANL cites a paper by Cinzano et al. (2001) which calculated "18.7% of the terrestrial surface of the Earth experiences night sky brightness that is polluted by astronomical standards." This impressive figure continues to include 61.8% of the United States and 85.3% of the European Union.

The impact of turning our planet into a giant night light is startling.

In addition to being an interesting and informative read, ECoANL was an essential jumping-off point when conducting research on the effects of artificial night lighting on anurans (frogs and toads).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By astrokye on May 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic! Any person whom (professionally or by amateur interest) considers themselves an advocate for the environment, nature and/or planet Earth needs to know what is in this book. This is a CRITICALLY overlooked subject, effecting everything that lives on this planet.
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