Ideas inspired by nature could change how towns and cities look


From street lamps and neon signs to phone screens and reading torches, artificial light plays an integral role in modern life.

While this technology has brought a raft of economic and social benefits to humanity, there are also drawbacks.

According to the U.K. government, for instance, artificial light is not always needed and also “has the potential to become what is termed ‘light pollution’ or ‘obtrusive light’.”

“It can be a source of annoyance to people, harmful to wildlife and undermine enjoyment of the countryside or the night sky, especially in areas with intrinsically dark landscapes,” it adds.

Glow in the dark trees

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