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Author Eklöf, Johan, author.

Title The darkness manifesto : on light pollution, night ecology, and the ancient rhythms that sustain life / Johan Eklöf, translated from the Swedish by Elizabeth DeNoma.

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2023.
1 hold on first copy returned of 7 copies


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Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description xiii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Note Tranlsation of: Mörkermanifestet. Sweden : Natur & Kultur, ©2020.
"Copyright 2020 by Johan Eklöf and Natur & Kultur, English language translation copyright 2022 by Elizabeth DeNoma"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-236) and index.
Contents Introduction: The disappearing night -- Part I Light pollution. The cycle of darkness -- Experiences in darkness -- Illuminated planet -- The vacuum cleaner effect -- Extinguished mating impulse -- Mass die-off -- Part II The night as an ecological niche. See in the dark -- The eye -- Nocturnal senses -- Twilight animals -- Sing in the wrong light -- Nature's own lanterns -- Light spring -- The star compass -- The dazzling city -- False summer -- Fruitless night -- The fireworks in the sea -- Romance in the moonlight -- Pale coral -- The twilight zone -- Ecosystem in flux -- Night services -- Part III Humanity and the cosmic light. Three twilights -- Dark matter -- The measure of the night sky -- Saint Lawrence's tears -- The only moon? -- The blue moment -- Yellow-gray sky -- Industrial light -- When the clocks are off -- Light yourself sick -- Part IV In praise of shadows. Like a balm for the soul -- In praise of shadows -- Diode light -- Darkness tourism -- The king's darkness -- Extinguished conversation -- The darkness in the tunnel -- The darkness manifesto.
Summary "In the tradition of Why We Sleep and The Sixth Extinction, an urgent and insightful look at the hidden impact of light pollution, and a passionate appeal to cherish natural darkness for the sake of the environment, our own wellbeing, and all life on earth. How much light is too much light? Satellite pictures show our planet as a brightly glowing orb, and in our era of constant illumination, light pollution has become a major issue. The world's flora and fauna have evolved to operate in the natural cycle of day and night. But in the last 150 years, we have extended our day--and in doing so have forced out the inhabitants of the night and disrupted the circadian rhythms necessary to sustain all living things, including ourselves. In this persuasive, well-researched book, Swedish conservationist Johan Eklöf urges us to appreciate natural darkness, its creatures, and its unique benefits. He ponders the beauties of the night sky, traces the swift dives of keen-eyed owls, and shows us the bioluminescent creatures of the deepest oceans. As a devoted friend of the night, Eklöf reveals the startling domino effect of diminishing darkness: insects, dumbfounded by streetlamps, failing to reproduce; birds blinded and bewildered by artificial lights; and bats starving as they wait in vain for insects that only come out in the dark. For humans, light-induced sleep disturbances impact our hormones and weight, and can exacerbate chronic stress and depression. Streetlamps, floodlights, and the ever more pervasive and searingly bright LED lights are altering entire ecosystems, and scientists are only just beginning to understand the long-term effects. Educational, eye-opening, and ultimately encouraging, The Darkness Manifesto outlines simple steps that we can take to benefit ourselves and the planet. In order to ensure a bright future, we must embrace the darkness."-- Provided by publisher.
Language In English, translated from Swedish.
Subject Night -- Physiological effect.
Light pollution.
Light and darkness -- Physiological effect.
Light pollution. (OCoLC)fst00998570
Added Author DeNoma, Elizabeth, translator.
Added Title Light pollution, night ecology, and the ancient rhythms that sustain life
Other Form: Online version: Eklöf, Johan. Darkness manifesto New York : Scribner, 2023 9781668000915 (DLC) 2022037889
ISBN 9781668000892 (hardcover)
166800089X (hardcover)
9781668000915 (ebook)
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