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Author (up) Newport, J.; Shorthouse, D.J.; Manning, A.D. url  doi
  Title The effects of light and noise from urban development on biodiversity: Implications for protected areas in Australia Type Journal Article
  Year 2014 Publication Ecological Management & Restoration Abbreviated Journal Ecol Manag Restor  
  Volume 15 Issue 3 Pages 204-214  
  Keywords biodiversity; light; noise; pollution; protected areas; urban development; Australia; light pollution; ecology  
  Abstract Global population growth and associated urban development are having profound effects on biodiversity. Two major outcomes of expanding development that affect wildlife are light and noise pollution. In this paper, we review literature reporting the effects of light and noise on biodiversity, and assess implications for conservation planning in Australia. Our results clearly indicate that light and noise pollution have the potential to affect the physiology, behaviour and reproduction of a range of animal taxa. Types of effects include changes in foraging and reproductive behaviours, reduction in animal fitness, increased risk of predation and reduced reproductive success. These could have flow-on consequences at the population and ecosystem levels. We found a significant gap in knowledge of the impact of these pollutants on Australian fauna. To reduce the effect of light and noise pollution, there needs to be careful planning of urban areas in relation to protected areas, and for biodiversity more generally. Potential measures include strategically planning the types of development and associated human activities adjacent to protected areas, and the use of shields and barriers, such as covers for lights or the use of dense native vegetation screens, while still allowing movement of animals. Changes in government standards and regulations could also help to reduce the impacts of light and noise pollution.  
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