Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light [Hardcover]

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light [Hardcover]

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Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light [Hardcover]

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light (Hardcover)

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2010: In Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, Jane Brox illuminates the fascinating and forgotten history of man-made light, tracing its development through centuries of sputtering, smoking candles, to the gradual refinement of gas and, finally, electric light. Brox captures the sense of wonder that permeated the Chicago World’s Fair as electric light lit up the “White City,” and shows how quickly we became reliant on electric light, recounting the trepidation and anxiety that accompanied the mandatory blackouts of World War II and the power outages that have plagued New York City’s power grid since the 1960s. Brox also addresses the unexpected consequences of light pollution, detailing the struggles of astronomers who are no longer able to see stars, and migrating birds that confusedly circle lit buildings at night until they die from exhaustion. Brilliant is an eloquent account of how a luxury so quickly became a necessity, and permanently changed human history. –Lynette Mong

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547055277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547055275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting [Paperback]

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting [Paperback]

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting [Paperback]

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting (Paperback)

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Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting book is very readable and should be of interest to a wide audience, ranging from professional biologists and managers to students. … Conservation practitioners will find strong support for the need to incorporate artificial night lighting into impact assessments and conservation planning.

(Lyn G. Branch The Quarterly Review of Biology )

Anyone interested in how human civilization affects natural environments will want to see this book; the literature reviews will be a treasure-trove for biologists beginning to learn about the problems.

(Robert L. Crawford The Auk )

“It should be a primary source for anyone dealing with work related to lights and their impacts on living organisms. It’s on my primary source reading list.”

(Albert M. Manville II The Condor )

“This is a book with a mission and a soul. At the front of each part is an extract of prose from one of a variety of authors that make us remember that nights are meant to be dark, beautiful and exciting. It is an academic book, but one that is written and presented in such a way that it will appeal to anyone with an interest in ecology.”

(Paul Elliott Biological Conservation )

“A powerful compendium. Surely eye opening for many ecologists. … Recommended for wildlife ecologists and anyone fighting light pollution.”

(Sarah O’Malley Northeastern Naturalist )

“The adverse effects of night lighting on the environment have only come to the attention of scientists during the last fifty years. This intriguing book, edited by Catherine Rich and Travis Longcore, brings together historic accounts and recent scientific findings in a broad spectrum of writings on the significant influence of night light on plants and animals. Divided into six parts according to taxonomic groups, the text documents seminal studies showing that overabundant artificial lighting has played a role in the lives of plants and animals by disrupting regular rhythms and creating serious hazards for fauna. In conclusion, the editors offer a thought-provoking reminder, “…as we light the world to suit our needs and whims…doing so may come at the expense of other living beings … .”

(Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden )

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is an excellent reference that will undoubtedly raise awareness of the need to conserve energy, do proper impact assessments, and turn the lights down.

(David Hill Science)

Product Description

While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known-for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting-the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in salamanders, many organisms are seriously affected by human alterations in natural patterns of light and dark.

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is the first book to consider the environmental effects of the intentional illumination of the night. It brings together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of knowledge on the subject and to describe specific effects that have been observed across a full range of taxonomic groups, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants.

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting provides a scientific basis to begin addressing the challenge of conserving the nighttime environment. It cogently demonstrates the vital importance of this until-now neglected topic and is an essential new work for conservation planners, researchers, and anyone concerned with human impacts on the natural world.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (December 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559631295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559631297
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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