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Iceland Pulls the Switch on Light Pollution
Alex Steffen, 5 Oct 06

Quite a beautiful idea, really:

Authorities in the capital Reykjavik will turn off street lights on Thursday evening and people are also being encouraged to sit in their houses in the dark, writer Andri Snaer Magnason said on Wednesday. While the lights are out, an astronomer will describe the night sky over national radio.

(via Z+)

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Agreed. Only in Iceland will you find authorities with this type of vision, no?

Posted by: Tod Brilliant on 5 Oct 06

Thank goodness for Iceland recognising light pollution.

Here in Auckland City, NZ, we have council staff proposing to increase light pollution in the name of 'urban design' (which they wouldn't know if it hit them over the head). I have told them not to do it as Auckland is unique - we can still see the stars from within the city.

Council staff are, I hate to say it, but I have seen it, somewhat dense and stupid. They haven't lived in a city overseas where you can't see the stars at all. I fear that Auckland will be ruined.

Posted by: Christopher on 6 Oct 06

Yeah, Iceland seems to be doing quite a few good things currently. And the focus on light pollution is great! (I mean, I live in a small town and already one notices an incredible difference between a power-cut and otherwise ...)

I wish more countries would follow suite and at least try a night or two just to show people the difference.

Posted by: Papilionoidea on 16 Oct 06



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