Effects of light pollution on animals
Kamiel Spoelstra will present the most recent insights on the impact of artificial light on different species groups, and potential ways to avoid and mitigate negative effects.
The impact of light may be particularly severe for insects, rodents, bats and amphibians as these species strongly depend on darkness. Until recently, knowledge on the impact of light on species and ecosystems was limited to short-term effects, often observed near existing illumination. In addition, little information was available on the impact of different light spectra. Such knowledge is particularly important as the current transition from traditional light sources to LED lighting allows for custom spectral adaptation, which opens up the possibility to mitigate the impact of light by colour.
Health aspects of light pollution on humans
A few aspects that will be touched upon in the short presentation from Steven Lockley
Many ‘non-visual’ effects of light are mediated through a novel non-rod, non-cone photoreceptor system, what does that mean?
Get a better understanding about the role of light wavelength and intensity on non-visual effects of light on human beings, how does that affect us?
What will be the effect of for example of light pollution on the circadium rhythm of human beings?