Even low levels of artificial light disrupt ecosystems

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Modern societies rely heavily on artificial light at night, but this convenience
Modern societies rely heavily on artificial light at night, but this convenience comes at a cost not only to people’s health but also to ecosystems. Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)

A new collection of papers on artificial light at night show the impact of light pollution to be surprisingly far-reaching, with even low levels of artificial light disrupting species communities and entire ecosystems. Published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, the special theme issue, which includes 16 scientific papers, looks at the effects of light pollution in complex ecological systems, including soil, grassland, and insect communities. ...

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