12 Dec 2023

Bright lights causing trouble for plants, animals

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 12 December 2023

Bright lights at night are not a delight for Aotearoa's plants and animals.

New research from Nelson's polytechnic shows the area of New Zealand that gets artificially lit increased by more than thirty-seven percent between 2012 and 2021.

But too much light at night disrupts the routines and behaviour patterns of Aotearoa's beloved species like bats, wētā, and seabirds and the seasonal cycle of trees.

Lead researches Professor Ellen Cieraad spoke to Corin Dann.