May 3, 2015, 7am PDT
Of all the inventions of the modern world, few have been so embraced as artificial light. But constant light, like that which floods city streets and illuminates buildings, is not necessarily healthy or safe. Some cities are trying to go dark.
The Architect's Newspaper
March 28, 2015, 9am PDT
Architects at NBBJ in London have designed a building—two buildings rather—that work together to cancel out the shadows they cast.
December 19, 2014, 5am PST
One of the first things researchers noticed when nighttime images from the Suomi NPP satellite were beamed back to Earth: the planet's ambient lighting changes drastically during certain holidays, like Christmas and Ramadan.
October 16, 2014, 2pm PDT
There's a third dimension to sprawl: all those photons that emanate from street lights, houses, and vehicles. As author Paul Bogard discusses in The End of Night, light pollution is an overlooked menace that presents a new frontier for planners.
California Planning & Development Report
September 19, 2014, 8am PDT
Forbes Magazine reflects on the importance and impacts of light-emitting diode (LED) lights as more cities replace their traditional streetlamps with LEDs.
June 5, 2014, 7am PDT
As part of an initiative called Choose Chicago, meant to boost the city's draw for tourists, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pursuing a plan to light the city up
August 11, 2013, 1pm PDT
The End of Night author Paul Bogard works with photography student Jennifer Tremblay to showcase light pollution in the Shenandoah Valley town of Harrisonburg.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments
February 4, 2013, 8am PST
Unless a catastrophic natural disaster strikes your city (we're not hoping it does), the chances of being able to gaze upon the wonders of the cosmos from an urban perch are slim. Thierry Cohen provides a glimpse of the night sky without pollution.
January 31, 2013, 5am PST
France's Environment Ministry has decreed that as of July, all shops and offices in the country will be required to shut off their lights at night in order to save energy and “reduce the print of artificial lighting on the nocturnal environment.”
October 18, 2012, 8am PDT
A movement to shed light on the worldwide loss of dark skies aims to minimize light pollution in order to increase public opportunities for stargazing, while also serving as a money-saving measure for cities, reports Kate Galbraith.
April 6, 2009, 9am PDT
France is hoping to establish a "darkness reserve" by regulating street lighting in towns and villages near a mountaintop observatory.
January 25, 2009, 9am PST
Light reflecting from streets and glass buildings in cities have been found in a recent study to disrupt animal behavior.
November 3, 2008, 1pm PST
With rising energy prices, lights are dimming in New York City. Legislation in the state seeks to reduce the city's glow even more.