CruJones: Also... nice work yankees. I thought y'all were supposed to be all green and energy efficient n shiat.
Wasilla Hillbilly: yeah, i've seen these maps for probably 30 years or more. Nice scoop.
Igor Jakovsky: Well no shiat. No one lives in the interior of Africa or the middle of South America. Look at the western US, its pretty similar. Also I bet the night sky in Africa is beautiful.
Fade2black: We're so evil for wanting to use power to power....stuff!It's probably all the electrical outlets used by hipsters driving their Nissan Leaf or Volt, right?Even I enjoy pissing off someone when it comes explaining energy consumption...but come on, can't we find something better than the fact we need energy at night? THIS is what we've come down to complaining about?Fun fact of the day: There is only 1 currently recycled product we turn in on a daily basis that not only makes money, but saves energy. The other 96% cost more money, and use more energy to recycle (but they sure do make us feel good about doing jack shiat to help the planet).Aluminum.
instantwin: CruJones: Also... nice work yankees. I thought y'all were supposed to be all green and energy efficient n shiat.10/10 or Derp.
p51d007: Tell you what. This map of "light pollution" shows me that the innovative, RICH, smart, intelligent countries have evolved to the point that they will not live in the dark, live in object poverty, live suffering the pain of heat or cold.I wish these "scientist" would STFU and leave the rest of us alone!These "rich" countries were not always rich. We innovated, produced, evolved to the point we don't have to use whale oil to light the night, we don't starve because we figured out how to produce safe food to eat, medicines to heal the sick. Everyone points fingers at the USA as "the evil" in the world. Well, how about the next time there is a natural disaster, some tin-horn dictator invades your country, we just sit it out and let you figure out how to fix it. Every time there is something happening in the world, most of the time the U.N. (useless nations) will come calling to Uncle Sam's piggy bank. Well, I say that we just say fix it yourself. People in the USA are about fed up with "saving the world" (WW1, WW2), and then getting spit upon.
KrispyKritter: CruJones: Also... nice work yankees. I thought y'all were supposed to be all green and energy efficient n shiat.you really are a moran. stop using 'yankee' and you'll fool people into thinking you're brighter than you are.
Oznog: Yeah, I was annoyed by TFA's logic that because we're using it, we MUST be "wasting". Well I'm not sure why moving our streetlights to the African interior would be fixing the "waste".
jjorsett: I think the thrust of TFA is that we should make everywhere dark, not light up anyone else. It's the "spread the virtue" theory, and by "virtue" I mean "misery".
But as these stunning images from space show, we in the West are guilty of wasting energy and polluting light on a staggering scale.
bmwericus: But it does raise an interesting question on WHY we feel afraid of the dark. So much so that we will waste gazillions on lighting up empty streets and highways all night long.In the city, headlights on autos are redundant.
swahnhennessy: At least National Geographic put some context behind similar images a decade ago. And their photos were better. More details (fires, fishing lights, natural gas burn-offs). And you could trust them not to blot of large swaths of continent in order to make more contrast, which I wouldn't put past The Daily Mail.
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