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City council flicks the switch on light pollution

Picture of Calgary from space tweeted by Commander Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station. Chris Hadfield

Calgary city council is moving forward with a plan to cut light pollution.

Never before has city considered how outdoor lighting could contribute to light pollution when approving new developments.

It now plans to review every project to make sure there is no excess light.

“We want to make sure that when it is lit, that the light stays where it is supposed to be, not in everyone’s parking lot and not in the sky,” says Ward 11 Councillor Brian Pincott.

The city and Enmax have already placed lower wattage, flat lens bulbs, in about 40,000 street lamps.

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