[ASC-list] Shine Dome lights up tonight

Nick Lomb nrl at bigpond.com
Thu Oct 27 04:56:36 UTC 2011

Dear Ms Walker

This seems an absurd and irresponsible action by the Australian Academy of Science. The Academy should be setting an example in reducing night time lighting instead of adding to it. Night time lighting adds to light pollution of the night sky and so effects astronomers, professional or amateur, as well as disturbing the nocturnal behaviour of insects, birds and other animals. It wastes energy and creates unnecessary greenhouse gases. Most important of all, recent research strongly indicates that night time lighting has deleterious health effects on human beings through the disruption of the production of melatonin.

I hope that the Academy will rethink this project, the funding for which could have been much better spent.


Dr Nick Lomb
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Email: nrl at bigpond.com
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