"European action needed" on light pollution

The EU should pass a directive to reduce light pollution, a coalition of NGOs and astronomers said on Saturday. A declaration by participants at a night sky protection symposium, organised by pressure groups the European dark sky association and the Belgian light pollution platform, said rules were needed to help reduce harm to wildlife and unecessary energy use. A directive should impose tough lighting restrictions at the close of business and in unpopulated areas. The declaration also calls for more research into the effect of lighting on crime and traffic safety. See declaration.

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