Night-time light pollution disrupts the lives of nocturnal insects such as moths, ground beetles and glow-worms. It has been established as a cause of insect decline that can impact on the pollination of plants and the health of ecosystems. While the problem of light pollution is widely recognised and there are a number of Dark Sky Reserves/Parks, and although we know what needs to be done to reduce the pollution, there is no coordinated effort to reduce light pollution.
Radar, radio, telecommunications and electrical fields pervade the atmosphere. We know that insects can detect, and are affected by, types of electromagnetic radiation and scientists are concerned that this radiation is capable of damaging the environment. However, there has been insufficient work on understanding how this might affect insect populations and ecosystem health.
We can stop, and reverse the global declines in our insects, but only if everyone pulls together to do their bit.
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