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The U.S. National Park Service Night Sky Team has shown that the problems created by light pollution seriously effects our parks, including all of the animals. I'm wondering if light pollution is included in this documentary?

Francis Parnell raises a good point. Does NRDC have a position on light pollution? There's passing mention of it in "Harboring Pollution," but I haven't found a general policy statement about it.

I enjoyed the first episode on Sunday. I wonder what the writers mentioned would say today if they returned and noticed the starry vista disapearing?

"Two–thirds of Americans cannot see the Milky Way from their backyard, and 99% of the population live in an area that scientists consider light polluted. The rate at which light pollution is increasing will leave almost no dark skies in the contiguous US by 2025."

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your comments. I'm afraid I don't know if the folks at NRDC have a position on light pollution, but I'll certainly ask around.

As promised, I asked some of NRDC's building and efficiency experts, and although the group doesn't have an official position on light pollution, we're big fans of being able to see the night sky -- as well as energy efficient outdoor lighting that's well designed so that light "only goes where it needs to" for safety purposes. LEED, a set of standards for green building and smart neighborhood development that NRDC helped create with the U.S. Green Building Council and others, gives credit to developers who work to minimize light pollution. Hope that helps.

I believe I saw this documentary on PBS recently and I was riveted. The viewpoint that Ken Burns conveys was unique and enlightening. There was so much that I didn't know or didn't figure that I had to watch it several times. These parks are our heritage, and I agree that all the attractions of the european countries pale in comparison to the wonders that all Americans have full access to. We actually have one national park in PA that has been declared the first "Dark Sky Park" in the country. Cherry Springs State Park has the darkest skies on the east coast and showcases our most inspiring and beautiful natural resource, our universe. Sadly, this year energy concerns have received approval to drill there, and now that natural resource has been effectively eliminated due to a perpetual gas torch that has virtually lit the whole area as they burn off unwanted gasses. There are plans for more, and other commercial concerns are attacking these areas all over the country. We need to protect our heritage, and I do hope this series will get the message out to do just that. Thank you Ken Burns!

There will be a tour through some of the national parks in the Southwest, and the other option will take groups through Civil War sites in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland. Burns will be filming a few new mini-documentaries as well, and these will be filmed aboard the bus while you’re riding it around the country. I think right now pricing and availability hasn’t been finalized, but Tauck promises that things will all be finalized within the next month or so. Ken Burns and his documentary buddy Dayton Duncan will even be making an in-person appearance during a couple tours next year, but expect the price on those 1z0-052 premium ones to be a little bit more.