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Campaign for Dark Skies

 

Campaign for Dark Skies

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The Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS) is the United Kingdom's largest anti-light-pollution campaign group forming part of the international dark-sky movement.

It is run by the British Astronomical Association[1] (BAA) and affiliated with the International Dark-Sky Association[2] (IDA), and composed of a network of local officers (and other members) who try to improve lighting in their areas and advise local people.

The campaign was founded in 1989 by amateur astronomers as a sub-section of the BAA specialising in combatting skyglow.[3] It is now open to non-members of the BAA, includes lighting engineers and environmentalists, and campaigns on the wider effects of light pollution.

Contents

  • Legislation 1
  • Dark Sky Park, Island and Reserve 2
  • Publications 3
  • Conferences 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Legislation

CfDS's work with the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on legislating against light pollution has resulted in the government including provisions in their Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill.[4][5]

Dark Sky Park, Island and Reserve

Members of the CfDS have been involved in the following International Dark-Sky Association designations:

Publications

In 2009, the CfDS published its handbook Blinded by the Light?.[10]

Conferences

  • CfDS 2006: Dark-Skies Symposium, Portsmouth, UK, September 15–16, 2006.
  • Exterior lighting, statutory nuisance and light pollution, De Montfort University, April, 2006.
  • Planning, Exterior Lighting and the Environment, De Montfort University, 20 April 2012.

Notes

  1. ^ British Astronomical Association
  2. ^ International Dark-Sky Association
  3. ^ About the Campaign for Dark Skies
  4. ^ Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 c. 16 Part 9 Statutory nuisances Section 102
  5. ^ Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 c. 16 Part 9 Statutory nuisances Section 103
  6. ^ Forest park given Dark Sky honour
  7. ^ Sark Island and Hortobágy National Park Earn Dark Sky Status From the International Dark-Sky Association
  8. ^ Lights Out: Tiny Sark Named First 'Dark-Sky' Island
  9. ^ International Dark Sky Reserve - Exmoor National Park
  10. ^ handbook descriptionBlinded by the Light?

References

  • Campaign for Dark Skies, Blinded by the Light - A Handbook on light pollution, Campaign for Dark Skies, 2009.
  • Mizon, Bob, Light Pollution - Responses and Remedies, Springer, 2002. ISBN 1-85233-497-5
  • Mizon, Bob, Light Pollution - Responses and Remedies, 2nd Edition, Springer, 2012. ISBN 1-46143-821-7
  • Mizon, Bob, "20 years of fighting for the stars", Astronomy Now, September 2009. pp28–31
  • Philip's, in association with the BAA Campaign for Dark Skies, Dark Skies Map, Philip's, 2004. ISBN 0-540-08612-6
  • Tubb, Michael, "Where are the UK's darkest skies", Astronomy Now, November 2004. pp75–6 (Article on the production of the Philip's Dark Skies Map.)
  • Various authors, "Focus - Light Pollution", Astronomy Now, April 2001. pp49–59

External links

  • Official website
  • The CfDS's online image library
  • CfDS - Facebook
  • CfDS - Twitter
  • CfDS on Google+
  • Light Pollution and Astronomy - House of Commons Report, 2003. (pdf)
  • Conference Proceedings
CfDS 2006 (pdf)
Exterior lighting, statutory nuisance and light pollution, DeMontfort University, April, 2006
Light Pollution: Causes and effects (pdf)
Exterior Lighting as a Statutory Nuisance (pdf)
Is Lighting Needed to reduce Crime? (pdf)
Effective use of lighting as a crime deterrent (pdf)
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