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Join the Conversation on Light Pollution! Learn all about the issues surrounding light pollution, including everything from technical innovations to cultural resonance to ecological impacts to crime. Each month, Bill McGeeney keeps you up to date on the all the news around light pollution from the US and beyond! Learn more at: Web: LightPollutionNews.com Reddit: Reddit.com/r/lightpollutionnews/ Instagram: Instagram.com/light.pollution.news/ LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/company/light-pollution-news/
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The podcast on plastic, people, and the planet by @anjakrieger. Plastics have become the basis for our modern lives, but they also pollute the planet. Will we be able to develop a healthy relationship with these materials we’ve created? Follow Anja on a journey into the world of synthetic polymers, their impacts on nature and ourselves, and the global quest to tackle plastic pollution. Each episode explores the issue from a different angle, and features a diverse set of voices and viewpoints.
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You’ve probably heard of bioplastics, these new kinds of plastics that are marketed as environmentally friendly. If you’ve been following this show, you might know the episode from 2019 in which Anja tried to better understand this group of materials and the confusion around it. If you haven't listened, here it is: https://soundcloud.com/plastisphe…
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'Why It's So Bright at Night' is a periodic episode of Light Pollution News, where host Bill McGeeney sits down and chats to understand the positions of people who advocate for light. The show's intent is to spur conversation and understanding, helping all of us work together to a common unified goal of a better tomorrow for people, plants and anim…
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- A heads-up for all international listeners: This the first-ever episode in German. If you don't speak the language, don't despair. The next episode in English is already in the works! -This episode features an in-depth panel in German language on solutions to plastic pollution with experts in ecotoxicology, the reuse economy and politics, includi…
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Host Bill McGeeney is joined by freelance writer, Lauren Collee, astronomer, Tim Brothers, and film maker, Tara Roberts Zabriski. See Full Show Notes, Lighting Tips and more at LightPollutionNews.com. Like this episode, share it with a friend! Bill's Picks: It’s autumn everywhere except under this streetlight, Be Smart. The Small Town That Turned C…
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Host Bill McGeeney is joined by AstroBackyard's Ashley Northcotte, lighting designer and founder of Dark Source, Kerem Asfuroglu, and educator and advocate, Diane Turnshek. See Full Show Notes, Lighting Tips and more at LightPollutionNews.com. Like this episode, share it with a friend! Bill's Picks: God’s Promises Are Clearest When We Turn Out the …
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Happy Holidays from Light Pollution News! Here's a special gift episode as a thank you for your continued support in 2023! In this special mini-episode, host Bill McGeeney shares seven articles left out of the normal month to month cycle! Stay tuned to for a post-show wrap up montage! See Full Show Notes, Lighting Tips and more at LightPollutionNew…
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Last Episode of 2023! Host Bill McGeeney is joined by 2023 Dark Sky Int'l Rising Star Award Recipient, Bonnie Peng, photographer of the new book, Spirits Dancing, Travis Novitsky, and Dark Skies Initiative Coordinator for the McDonald Observatory, Stephen Hummel. See Full Show Notes, Lighting Tips and more at LightPollutionNews.com. Like this episo…
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Welcome again to Plastisphere, the podcast on plastics, people, the planet – and politics! Today, the INC-3, the third round of negotiations towards a global plastic treaty, will wrap up in Nairobi – and Anja received a timely message from one of the attending journalists: Julien Gupta is a freelance journalist from Germany working on climate and t…
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For a long time, we treated disposable plastic and waste as if there was an “away” – a place, where we could safely dispose of our trash. But as we all know, nothing disappears just magically. Each year, the world produces over two billion tons of waste, and hundreds of millions tons of that are plastic. There is no away, and all this stuff goes so…
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Today, you’ll hear a message from Andrés Del Castillo in the #PlasticsTreaty Shorts series. Andrés is a Senior Attorney from Columbia working with CIEL, the Center for International Environmental Law in Switzerland (https://www.ciel.org/). CIEL is a non-governmental organization that has long pointed out the broader implications of plastic pollutio…
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We have exceeded six of the nine planetary boundaries. In her message to Plastisphere, Bethany Carney Almroth from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden tells us about one of them - the planetary boundary of novel entities which include plastics and chemicals. The only planetary boundary we have been able to move away from is the ozone depletion i…
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Similar to how food products contain a list of ingredients, we need to know which chemicals plastic products contain. This is not an easy task, but it would be a huge step if producers lifted the secret around the chemicals they use. Right now we are blindly dealing with a cocktail of chemicals we don’t really understand. Scientists have to reverse…
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Recycling is often seen as a golden standard for minimizing plastic pollution. And while recycling definitely does play a role in the future, it should not be the first priority. Kristian Syberg, an associate professor at Roskilde University in Denmark working on the circular economy, and the environmental impact of plastics, tells us why.Read the …
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The global plastics treaty is currently being drafted by the global community - an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. One of the experts attending the meetings is Christina Dixon from the Environmental Investigation Agency. The EIA is an NGO which has campaigned against environmental …
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This month, host Bill McGeeney is joined by Ben Chappell, of the Narrowband Channel, Matthias Schmitt, Cedar Breaks National Monument Night Sky Program Manager, and environmental educator / blogger, Frank Turina. See Full Show Notes at LightPollutionNews.com. While Las Vegas inaugurates its Sphere, London residents push back on plans for replica ve…
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This month, host Bill McGeeney is joined by Ziz Knight, cofounder of the newly formed, Dark Skies Los Angeles, and Drew Evans, of the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition / Astrophotographer. See Full Show Notes at LightPollutionNews.com. Perma-noon: On Light Pollution and the Way We Talk About the Natural World, Lauren Collee, LARB. This Incredible Glam…
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This month, host Bill McGeeney is joined by Frank Turina, an astrophotographer, night sky advocate, and environmental educator with more than 15 years of working with the United States National Park Service Night Skies Program. You can learn more about his examinations of the ecological and cultural effects of light pollution from his website, at D…
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This month, host Bill McGeeney is joined by Jared Flesher, director of Dark Sacred Night, and Bill Green of the Philadelphia Moon Men and Brussels Lunatics. Learn more at LightPollutionNews.com. Articles: U.S. Bans Incandescent Light Bulbs The Next Pandemic Might Occur Because It’s Too Bright Out Across China: Dark Sky Industry delivers bright futu…
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The global plastics treaty is in the making, and the discussions around solutions to plastic pollution are gaining traction. To give you more food for thought, Anja tries out a new format, the Plastisphere Conversations with interesting people in the field. And this is the first one, with Sarah Perreard and Julien Boucher from the Plastic Overshoot…
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This month, host Bill McGeeney is joined by Scott Morgan, Assistant Park Manager of the Hills Creek Park Complex - part of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Daylon Burt of the Astro Escape. Learn more at LightPollutionNews.com. Articles: Survey finds increase in first-time Big Bend visitors, with most now stayin…
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This month, host Bill McGeeney is joined by astronomer, historian, author, science communicator, and dark-sky consultant, John Barentine of the Dark Sky Consulting LLC and Conservationist, Kaitlyn Evans. Learn more at LightPollutionNews.com. Articles: I was busted by the light police. They had a point The forgotten medieval habit of 'two sleeps' Wa…
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On March 2, 2022, countries from around the world agreed to establish a global treaty to end plastic pollution. After the first meetings in Senegal and Uruguay, the discussions around the treaty are in full swing. Next, the country’s representatives are heading to Paris, France, in May 2023. They’ll meet for the second session of the INC, the Inter…
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This Month, host Bill McGeeney is joined by Michael Rymer of the Dark Sky (formerly International Dark Sky Association) and Youth Advocate, Bonnie Peng. Learn more at LightPollutionNews.com. Articles: Is light pollution making darkness a luxury? Here Come the Lumens The New Light Is Bad There’s something off about LED bulbs — which will soon be, th…
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This month, LPN is joined by Brandon Happe of the Philly Moon Men and Daylon Burt of Astro Escape. Learn more at LightPollutionNews.com. Articles: Residents’ petition forces city to revise “monster” street lighting upgrades LED streetlights are energy efficient, but are they environmentally friendly? It's complicated WA House votes 94-1 to limit li…
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Baldeep Kaur is a doctoral fellow at the University of Potsdam, studying the afterlives of discarded colonial technologies. Last November, they invited Plastisphere creator Anja Krieger to a live listening session at the Minor Cosmopolitan Assembly, an event organized by the research training group with the same name. Together with the audience, Ba…
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This month, I’m joined by youth advocate, Bonnie Peng, and, conservationist and avid bird enthusiast, Kaitlyn Evans. We take a look at some of the most interesting articles to grace the topic of light pollution! Today, learn about the first African American astronomer. Take a ride on the Stargazer train, complete with a glass of wine and a heated f…
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A new guest episode to inspire your ears, mind and heart, kindly shared by Upstream. Plastic pollution is not just a waste issue. It starts with production, continues during use, and in the end, a lot of it ends up dumped or in the environment. But the problems plastics cause from production to disposal are not distributed equally. They impact some…
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In today’s episode, I’m joined by conservationist and avid bird watcher, Kaitlyn Evans. We take a look at some of the most interesting news articles to grace the topic of light pollution each month. This month, ‘Why Falling Asleep with the Lights on is bad for your health,’ How ‘Red Lighting could rewild night skies plagued by light pollution,’ ‘Ur…
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In this episode, California Governor Gavin Newsome says light must shine on! Vetoes responsible lighting bill for gov’t buildings. Plus, Automatic measurement of LP, Spooky Street Lights, and a VA town struggling to protect its skies! Please listen and leave a review. Reviews help the show become noticed. Please join in the conversation and more vi…
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Remember our episode a few months ago on the history of the plastics treaty? To recap: In March, the United Nations Environmental Assembly decided to negotiate a global agreement to tackle plastic pollution. The ambitious plan is to develop a binding treaty covering the full lifecycle of plastics within the next two years, by 2024. This week, this …
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Welcome to Light Pollution News! I'm your host, Bill McGeeney, and I hope to take you on a monthly journey around all of the topics involving, pertaining to, and affecting light pollution. Over the years, the term and connotation of light pollution has grown from little more than astronomical sky glow plight to a major ecological issue. Light pollu…
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Pollution and CleanAir recently signed a distribution agreement to distribute Polaris FID in all American territories. But what does this partnership mean to the two companies? Polaris FID, a portable device able to simplify the job of stack monitoring, is the answer to this question. And it represents the tool used to open up new opportunities in …
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We can’t be the only ones responsible for plastic pollution. It’s time for producers and distributors of disposable plastic to take responsibility for where their packaging goes. Plastisphere presents an episode from Sustainable Asia’s “Mapping Asia’s Plastic Crisis” series on producer responsibility and packaging design, featuring experts from Ind…
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In this episode, Giulia Vendra and Eugenio Indrigo of Pollution are in conversation with Raymond Lindeen, owner of the US company Houston Analytical Systems. They talk about the future of the environment and the step-by-step path followed by the private sector and public institutions. On this path, environmental policies, technical solutions, and i…
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Eight years after first flagging plastics as an issue, the United Nations Environment Assembly met in March 2022 for a historic decision. Delegates from more than 170 nations agreed on a mandate to put together a legally binding global plastics treaty within the next two years. Despite some lobbying against it behind the scenes, the draft for a str…
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Il monitoraggio dell'impatto odoroso causato degli impianti di conglomerati bituminosi è diventato un processo decisamente sfidante poiché, a causa della configurazione dell'impianto, alcuni dei processi di produzione coinvolgono aree molto ampie e aperte e le emissioni di tipo transitorio sono comuni e frequenti. In questa conversazione, Pollution…
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The always-evolving way of monitoring odor emissions from Bituminous mixture plants is explained by Dr. Giovanni Capelli, research from Univerity of Florence in this third episode of Pollution Analytical Equipment’s podcast. During the conversation, Dr. Capelli explains how challenging aspects such as configuration, area size, and BMP can slow the …
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Monitoring the emissions is the main goal for companies like Pollution Pollution Analytical Equipment, but in order to reach that goal in a country that is not yours, it is essential to know how the rules and the guidelines might change. In this episode, Pollution Pollution Analytical Equipment and its partner, HuanKong Equipment, tell the story ab…
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The reduction of pollution impact is crucial. Governments and industries are putting an imponent effort into this process. Monitoring the air concentration of harmful compounds became a key point for achieving success. Environmental organizations around the world have set strict limits for all kinds of pollutants. New laws have been written in rece…
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Plastisphere is back with Brooke and Anja! For the tenth anniversary of #PlasticFreeJuly, we dive into solutions to plastic pollution. Hear about Anja’s waste audit and DIY projects during the pandemic year, from home-made milk and laundry detergent to fresh pasta. Making stuff from scratch can be fun and empowering, but what’s the impact of these …
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Take a break from plastics to explore the soil - a hidden world beneath your feet. It's the world of earthworms, springtails, fungi, and bacteria. We hardly ever see these little creatures, but their impacts are huge. Soil stores more carbon than the atmosphere and all plants together, filters water, is pivotal for biodiversity and at the center of…
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When it comes to solving the issue of plastic pollution, who would you say is responsible? Is it individuals like you and me, is it the corporations that produce plastics or products made from it, or is it the government with its rules and regulations? That’s the question Brooke Bauman asks in her 4-part podcast series “Guilty Plastics”. Brooke is …
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Plastic pollution seems to be a pretty new issue, right? In the past few years, the topic has been all over the media. But if you explore the history of science, it turns out that the problem really isn’t all that new. Some scientists have been aware of plastic in the ocean for over half a century. So, how was plastic pollution first discovered? An…
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For this episode, Anja tried something new: She asked listeners, researchers and podcasters to send her audio comments on what is happening now during the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode, you’ll hear some of the messages that arrived in her inbox the past weeks. With input from Justine Ammendolia, Wade Roush, Brooke Bauman, Sedat Gündoğdu, Ja…
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