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Light Pollution Contributes to Cancer, Says Dark-Sky Association

Everybody knows about the sea turtles, how the night lights of civilization disorient their newly hatched young, luring them inland rather than to the sea, and to their deaths. But light pollution may do more, according to the South Florida chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association, impacting human health and playing a role in breast and prostate cancers.

This isn't entirely new information, but by the look of things, it's not widely known, or at least appreciated, in South Florida. A night landing here shows the 100-mile-long, 30-mile-wide swath of light that is our landscape: a gaudy serpent -- the result of "light that is not being efficiently or completely utilized and is often pointed outwards or upwards and not downwards," as the IDA defines light pollution.

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