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Blinded by the light - the difficulty of addressing environmental problems even after solutions are found

Tuesday 24 November 2020
This lecture will be virtual.
Christopher Kyba

Christopher Kyba’s most recent research addresses a non-solved environmental problem - the development of increasing level of light emissions. Humans had technological know-how to significantly reduce light pollution since at least the 1940s. Yet the total light emissions keep rising.  The environmental externality exists primarily not because the underlying problem isn't technological, but rather social. A lesson learned: Human behavior and human action of many uninformed actors often unintentionally make things worse.

About the speaker

Christopher Kyba is a researcher at the German Research Center for Geoscience (GFZ). His research assesses how artificial light in the night influences the environment. His main focus is on what types of sources are responsible for light emissions and the skyglow produced by cities, and how emissions are changing over time. Chris holds PhD in Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Pennsylvania. Chris has been awarded several prizes for science slamming. 

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