30 Jun '16, 5pm

How light pollution is tricking the trees

How light pollution is tricking the trees

The effects of light pollution are no secret. Some studies have linked artificial light at night to increased risk of diabetes, obesity, depression and some cancers, as well as obvious sleep disorders. Light at night disrupts wildlife and ecosystems, throwing off the biological clocks of nocturnal animals. And that doesn't even count the estimated $3.3 billion wasted each year lost to "sky glow"— the artificial brightness of the night sky — just in the U.S. Now researchers have found that light night skies also can trick some trees into blooming earlier than usual, at least in the United Kingdom. The study was published in the journal The Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Led by Richard ffrench-Constant, an etymologist at the University of Exeter, the researchers used data from citizen scientists who recorded the budburst, or the date when green leaves just begin to emer...

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