Is light pollution killing our birds? - Challenge magazine, Summer 2006.
We would do well to remember them! Sadly no-one has, apparently?
The Effects of Light Pollution - Light pollution can also disturb the natural rhythms of birds, insects and nocturnal animals, according to wildlife historian and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Some species are affected by unnatural light to such an extent that their lifecycles are completely out of kilter.
BTW fireflies (glow worms) are in decline - learn that Robin Scagell discussed this in 1993.
We can ask this question of Sir David Attenborough, BUT does he have the answer? "Perhaps the Earth is NOT enough?" Pulse Of The Planet - Dark Skies - Turn Out The Lights This request echoes some thoughts that my wife and niece have had - some food for thought? "One planet is not enough for ALL on planet Earth to live the modern "American dream" - especially now that India and China are starting to live that dream? The Earth is not enough! (Courtesy James Bond)."
Buglife have made these comments about the need to rcognise the importance of insects (invertebrates).
‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’ Sir David Attenborough
I have just watched BBC TV, here in the UK, and seen Sir David Attenborough discuss "Charles Darwin and the Tree Of Life" . Sir David concluded by saying that "Darwin's great insight revolutionised why we see the world today. We are not apart from the Natural World. We do not have dominion over it. We are subject to its laws and processes as are ALL animals on Earth to which we relate". Perhaps more politicians should listen to Sir David? I just think that the 24 hour day is killing Life On Earth?
Sir David Attenborough has made a presentation to Parliament in which he suggests that we should make a "moral change" in our thinking! He goes on to say that if we do not then we will see increased global warming in our lifetime and its attendant climate change. You can read a BBC news report of what he had to say at -
As the webmaster writes this (14-Dec-2006) the BBC NEWS 24 is carrying the story that this summer we have had "the warmest year since records began"! And so it continues with no one listening?
And there is more!
Climate Change -
Britain Under Threat.
Presented by Sir David Attenborough
Broadcast BBC TV 8 pm Sunday 21st January 2007.
David Attenborough concluded his programme with these words -
"We now have the facts. The world is becoming more aware of the reality of climate change. It is not yet too late to do something about it!
For ALL of us it is truly the time to act!"
In 2006 Harvey Elliott warned of floods yet to come. Vale Royal on their Climate Change Garden at the RHS Tatton 2007 said that a 2 degree increase in temperatures would cause floods in "wet areas" like England. You can read HERE that in February 2006 Harvey Elliott said that "What no one can be certain of is where and when the inevitable inundation will strike". We can now! Gloucestershire and middle England! We are seeing climate change if we simply look around us.
This added 11-11-2008 - The Truth About Climate Change. - Sir David Attenborough. Having watched this DVD I found that the plot of temperature change from 1970 onwards was remarkable. The increase due to human influence was obvious. This is the the same period over which the 24 hour day has become commonplace. Coincidence - I think not. Get the DVD from the BBC/OU and decide for yourself.
"Life in the Undergrowth."
Sir David Attenborough (BBC copyright 2006)
Transcript copied by G. Cliff
Insects! The tiny creatures of the undergrowth were the first animals of any kind to colonise the land. They established the foundations of the land's ecosystems. Ultimately, they were able to transcend any limitations of their small size by banding together in huge communities of millions and putting up buildings like this one (a termite hill). If we and the rest of the backboned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on very well but if they were to disappear, the land's ecosystems would collapse. The soil would lose its fertility, many of the plants would no longer be pollinated, lots of animals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals would have nothing to eat (risk of decline?) and our fields and pastures would be covered with dung and carrion. These small creatures are within a few inches of our feet wherever we go on land but often they are disregarded.
We would do well to remember them!
Like Sir David says insects are disregarded just like light pollution, LP, is disregarded! Why?
Sir David Attenborough concluded his Planet Earth series today in the UK 10th December 2006. His concluding remarks were that "..... the wonders of the planet are ours to cherish or to lose. It is our choice to choose!" (conclusion of Part 6, Planet Earth, BBC TV).
If you have read to this point in the web site perhaps you are either a naturalist or an environmentalist. If you are do you know the Law of Conservation of Energy? Click HERE to read more about how this aged law can explain the accelerating global warming! Please know that you do not need to be a nuclear physicist to understand this A4 piece of text! (Text amended 10-12-2006).
These Thoughts of Dr. John Mason, September,2006.
If you have come here from the home page then you may have heard this statement?
Dr. John Mason, in the WMV video on this site's home page, has this statement at the 19 minute time mark -
"There are a lot of impacts (of LP) on wildlife. We are only just beginning to understand the HUGE number of impacts that lighting at night is having on flora and fauna. We haven't even really scratched the surface. More and more research projects are looking at it".
The problems described may or may not be obvious to you. However I have added a video edit of this part of Dr. John's presentation on You Tube -
John's full video can be found with other video from Portsmouth, 2006 HERE.
He is only describing what Colin Henshaw predicted in 1994.
They even agree in Old Saigon(!) http://www.vnagency.com.vn/Home/EN/tabid/119/itemid/180992/Default.aspx
If the old URL fails then try this link HERE.