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National Park Service funds studies of Colorado night skies

Dr. Terrel Gallaway, acting department head of economics, and Dr. David Mitchell, associate professor of economics at Missouri State University, received a grant from the National Park Service for $22,000 for their project “Estimating the Potential Value of the Night Skies above the Colorado Plateau.”

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Is light polluting the sky? Answers could keep you up at night

Light pollution, as defined by the International Dark Sky Association, is any adverse effect of artificial light, including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night and energy waste. Three economists from Missouri State University, Drs. Terrel Gallaway, David Mitchell and Reed Olsen, have published several articles on their recent studies of light pollution and the value of a dark sky, and they see economic effects in addition to the biologic and conservation issues.

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Professors shed light on economic impact of light pollution

Light pollution – the undesirable effects of poorly designed and injudiciously used artificial lighting – has been the subject of considerable research by biologists and astronomers, but three Missouri State University economics department faculty are now studying the economic analysis of light pollution.

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