24 Jul '13, 9pm

Darkness is a natural resource and we're running out

Darkness is a natural resource and we're running out

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley interviewed Paul Bogard about his new book, The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light . Bogard writes about "darkness as natural resource" and why we need to preserve it before we lose it completely: For me, one of the reasons why identifying different depths of darkness is so important is that we don’t recognize that we’re losing it, unless we have a name to recognize it by. It’s also a way to talk about what we might regain. That’s also what the National Parks Service Night Sky team, who I describe in the book, is trying to do with their sky quality index. If you’re charged with preserving darkness as natural resource, unimpaired for future generations, then you need to be able to put a number on the level of darkness. You need to be able to see and measure any losses before you even know what you’re t...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/darkness-natural-resour...

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