Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting
Author: 
Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore (editors)
Publisher: 
Island Press
Publication Date: 
2006
ISBN: 
1–559–63129–5

paper, 458 p., $29.95

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, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
9
Number: 
1