As evidence mounts that excessive use of light is harming wild creatures and adversely affecting human health, new initiatives in France and elsewhere are seeking to turn down the lights that flood an ever-growing part of the planet.

 

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A nighttime view of San Francisco. Until recently, efforts to restrain use of light have been primarily in response to the astronomical light pollution erasing starry nights. But researchers are increasingly focusing on the impacts of so-called ecological light pollution, warning that disrupting the natural patterns of light and dark is having profound impacts on animals and humans. (Thomas Hawk/via Flickr)

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