Losing the darkness – a Science Special Issue on Light Pollution
Light is the main Zeitgeber for the circadian clock, of many organisms. The endless exposure to light, including during the nighttime, is disruptive for the function of circadian clocks everywhere in nature. This research is one of the pillars of the BioClock Consortium. Now, in June ’23, the high impact and world-renowned journal of Science has published a special issue on this topic: Light pollution.
We are unable to share the papers here, but are definitely worthwhile to read. It includes a review by dr. Annika Jagerbrand and dr. Kamiel Spoelstra (BioClock cluster 3 leader) on ‘Effects of anthropogenic light on species and ecosystems’.
Jointly, Science has created a podcast on Why it’s tough to measure light pollution: https://www.science.org/content/podcast/why-it-s-tough-measure-light-pollution-and-mental-health-first-aid-course
To read the articles, you may find them here: https://www.science.org/toc/science/380/6650
The BioClock Consortium is funded by the NWA-ORC programme of the Dutch Research Council (NWO; project number 1292.19.077).