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Author (up) Barentine, J. url  openurl
  Title Who speaks for the night? The regulation of light pollution in the ‘Rights of Nature’ legal framework Type Journal Article
  Year 2020 Publication International Journal of Sustainable Lighting Abbreviated Journal IJSL  
  Volume 22 Issue 2 Pages 28-36  
  Keywords Society; Law; Rights of Nature  
  Abstract Efforts to control artificial light at night (ALAN) through public policies began in the late 1950s, yet light pollution continues to grow at a global average rate roughly twice that of population growth. The current global ALAN regulatory regime is clearly inadequate to solve the problem, and achieving meaningful light pollution reductions requires a new approach. This paper reviews the legal status quo, introduces the “Rights of Nature” doctrine, and advances the idea of nighttime darkness as a natural characteristic of sufficient inherent value to merit legal consideration in the Rights of Nature context. It concludes with a series of recommendations for ways forward, including the recognition of the intrinsic value of dark skies in the preambulatory language of legislation, formulating new policies in anticipation of broad adoption of Rights of Nature statutes, and advancing the significance of natural nighttime darkness in case law arguments.  
  Address International Dark-Sky Association, 5049 E Broadway Blvd, Suite 105 Tucson, AZ 85711-3646 USA; john ( at ) darksky ( dot ) org  
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  Language English Summary Language English Original Title  
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  Series Volume Series Issue Edition  
  ISSN 2586-1247 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
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  Call Number IDA @ john @ Serial 3258  
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