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Light Pollution

This incredible image shows just how much light pollution the western world is wasting.

Scientist Felix Pharand-DeschÍnes created the pictures by using data gathered by satellites to highlight the contrast between the first and third world.

The dazzling constellation is looking down on to the earth instead of the usual mapping of the stars.

While London, Paris, Berlin and Madrid are all burning brightly, poorer areas of the world are virtually in darkness.

Japan is smothered in light, reflecting the country’s energy useage.

America is up in lights, whereas Australia barely registers.

Africa, South America and large swathes of Asia which lie in almost complete darkness.

Each year London consumes 150 thousand gigawatt hours of energy, equal to the consumption of nations such as Portugal and Greece

And for half of the UK’s population, the view of the stars at night is obscured by the glare of light pollution, according to campaigners.


One of the things that surprises me about where I live is the amount of stars visible at night, ten times more than seen from the sky in London, also amazing thunder storms I watch from my roof possibly happening in Croatia, and how often the sun and moon are in the sky together, in winter I sometimes stand on the beach and watch the night sky without light pollution, clean air makes a big difference in many ways there was a bit of controversy about whether it was possible to see Albania from here, I thought I had seen it a few times but was told by a man from Lecce it was impossible , then one day it was as clear as a bell Albania, in fact looking at a map probably inland mountains bordering Monte Negro, Always something to see if you are by the sea, look after your eyes!
And.. the most dense contiguous string of those lights ends up in Salento! Something I noticed from satellite pix some years ago, and since then just how much more has been added?

Yes, we certainly like our outside lighting here, and one day we might have the generating capacity to match. I wonder how much energy is wasted simply because we have to import it over huge distances of cabling?!