(...) Wanda La Claire believes light pollution is not only a blight on the landscape that spoils our enjoyment of the night sky, its long-term effect is even more insidious.
"Excessive light at night has a profound affect on the body. It not only deprives us of sleep, it stops us from developing a sense of awe by depriving us of the thrill of seeing stars," she says.
"I believe this is one reason children are not developing their powers of critical thinking: They are not being forced to think and question more deeply, something that tends to happen to you when you see the vastness of a starry night." (...)