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One US State Vies for One of Earth's 'Exceptionally Dark' Skies

Central Idaho is cutting down on light pollution, trying to join elite group of 'dark-sky reserves'

(Newser) - There are fewer than a dozen dark-sky reserves on Earth—places where the skies are so "exceptionally dark" that they receive the elite designation from the International Dark-Sky Association, attracting astronomy lovers from around the world. Now Idaho hopes to be the first US state to make it onto... More »

We Need Darker Nights

Paul Bogard argues against light pollution

(Newser) - Tonight is the longest night of the year, and author Paul Bogard makes a plea in the Los Angeles Times : Let it be the start of a push toward darker ones. Light pollution is so prevalent in the US that those in their 30s might be the last generation to... More »

It's Lights Out for Earth Hour

(Newser) - Earth Hour is under way. The annual event in which cities around the world dim their lights for an hour at 8:30pm local time kicked off in Sydney, Australia, the Age reports. China's Bird's Nest stadium, London's Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Vatican, and the Empire State Building... More »

City Lights Linked to Breast Cancer

Scientists believe lights suppress tumor-fighting hormone

(Newser) - Women who live in areas with a large about of night-time light face an increased risk of breast cancer, and scientists believe it may be because the light interferes with a tumor- fighting hormone, reports the Washington Post. Researchers compared satellite images at night with cancer registries and found breast... More »

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