Light pollution of the earth

22. 01. 2014

(20 January 2014; TV station TA 3; Headlines; 6.30PM; por. 17/17; FRANTOVÁ Simona, KRIŠŠÁK Ivan)

Jozef DÚBRAVSKÝ, moderator: “Night walk through the highlighted city can be a nice free time activity. But have you ever wondered about what is the impact of public lighting on our planet? Problems of so-called light pollution of the sky are being revealed in the global campaign Globe at Night, which Slovakia joined for the fourth time.”

Simona FRANTOVÁ, redactor: “This project originated in order to monitor the light pollution of the sky around the world.”

Jaroslav MERC, project coordinator: “The main objective is, apart from acquiring scientific data on the level of light pollution in the areas of observation of the individual participants, raising awareness of this issue, because it is one of the most easily avoidable problems regarding pollution as such.”

S. FRANTOVÁ: “Light pollution is caused by the lighting of public spaces, buildings, billboards and even cultural monuments and landmarks.”

J. MERC: “Some cities such as Roma and London switch of the lighting of monuments after midnight, because just a few tourists walk around these cities after midnight. Similarly, they sometimes light only some important details of these monuments.”

S. FRANTOVÁ: “If we took inspiration from this, we would also solve the problem of over-reproduction of insects, which are attracted by this artificial light.”

Zbyšek ŠUSTEK, Institute of Zoology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences: “What actually leads to the impoverishment of a country. It leads to the fact that this insect gets into traps, where it dies or it gets into apartments or to various factories for no reason.”

S. FRANTOVÁ: "Increasing brightness of the sky also causes the gradual disappearance of stars.”

Miroslav KRAJČOVIČ, astrologist: “For example, Sirius, which is the brightest star in the sky visible even without absolute dark is hardly visible in the cities.”

S. FRANTOVÁ: “You too can monitor the light pollution of the sky. It would be sufficient if you observed constellations from a city and then compared it with the stellar map.”

Published from the monitoring STORIN, Ltd. (broadcast transcript)



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