Central Beijing at night – to look at light pollution

Elodie is concerned about light pollution because, as she said in her entry, it “is just as damaging as air pollution from fossil fuels … As well as human health, light pollution also affects plants and animals, changing their natural cycles and habits. For example, artificial lights can disrupt the migratory cycles of birds causing them to leave too early or too late in the season and miss ideal conditions for nesting.” She suggested a night-time image of Beijing because she had “heard that it has the worst light pollution in the world.”

Since Beijing also has a reputation for having poor air quality, the judges wondered whether it would be possible to get a clear image of the city. However, while the judging was taking place, Tim Peake took a photograph of the city by night that shows the basic grid pattern of the main roads and how brightly-lit the intersections are

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