By 2050, two-thirds of the world population will reside in cities. The life of a city does not stop at dusk, but continues through the night. Lighting is a key component for wayfinding after dark. It establishes an identity for the city skyline that can unite residents and drive tourism. Yet if improperly applied, lighting can blanket the surrounding landscape with light pollution, impacting both natural ecosystems and the well-being of the population. Our panel considers all residents, visitors, flora and fauna who cohabit in the urban night. We will discuss current studies on light's impact on biology, look at lighting as part of a city's identity, and formulate action plans for municipalities to shape a compassionate night experience for all city life.
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