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Night Lighting: Would You Choose Safety or the Stars?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | July 20th, 2011 | 11 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: artificial light, bats, bird migration, birds, crime statistics, dark sky, darkenss, environment, green, health, light at night, light pollution, migrating birds, migratory birds, national parks, nature, neighborhoods, night lights, night sky, night-light, nighttime, nocturnal animals, outdoor lighting, outdoors, safety, stars, street lamps, wildlife

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The street you live on, your neighbor’s garage or even your own back porch probably has one: a light that goes on when it gets dark. Most likely, it was installed with the hope that it would make your neighborhood a safer place to live.

The conventional wisdom is that better outdoor lighting deters criminals — those who would do their dastardly deeds in the cover of darkness. But whether or not the facts bear that out, we do know that lighting up the night eradicates something else: the ability to see the stars in the night sky.

For the Birds

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | April 2nd, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Green Living | tags: migratory birds, organic, pesticides, songbirds

I’ve often touted the Environmental Working Group’s Cleanest 12 guide, a list of conventionally grown produce shown to have the lowest levels of pesticides. As a shopper on a budget (and who isn’t?) I’ll occasionally save money by buying conventionally grown bananas or avocados, knowing they pose little or no risk of contaminating my family with toxins.