Why Artificial Lighting is bad for the Environment [Infographic]

Light pollution is on the rise, with more and more LEDs lighting our homes, offices and streets at night. In 2011, LEDs made up just 9% of the global lighting market in 2011 but it’s predicted that this will rise to 68% by 2020. This increase in LED lighting will not occur without consequence however, as LED lighting already causes more damage to the world around us than we realise.

Many species of wildlife depend on natural light to regulate their circadian rhythm, sleep patterns, mating habits and feeding. Our artificial lighting interferes with the way other species live, putting them at risk and causing many fatalities.

There’s no way of avoiding artificial lighting, since society is so dependent on it to function, but luckily there are various ways that we can reduce its negative impact. By spreading awareness of the issue, actions can be taken to protect wildlife from danger whilst we continue to enjoy all the benefits of modern lighting systems.

This infographic created by 4ever Deck shows the ways in which our artificial lighting solutions affect the wildlife around us and provide some potential solutions to the issue.

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DIY Pest Control [Infographic]

Summer is the best season to enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s also the time when you and your family are at the greatest risk of bites, stings, and the vector-borne disease that common summer pests can carry.

But did you know that there are steps you can take to make your backyard less attractive to these pests?

In the infographic below, you’ll know what to do to protect your family from pest threats this summer.

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The power of plants in the workplace [Infographic]

Whether it’s that tabletop philodendron lining your office hallway or that dramatic ficus tree you see every morning in your building’s lobby, plants are quietly making the indoor spaces you inhabit healthier everyday.

This infographic shows some of the amazing benefits plant life can have indoors.

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How the Oil industry is pushing Plastic [Infographic]

The fracking boom is flooding the world with Ziploc bags, ketchup packets, and single-use spoons.

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Conservation Friendly Construction [Infographic]

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to adapt our construction methods to be more environmentally friendly. However, this isn’t just a case of green energy and sustainable materials, plans must also account for the local ecosystem.

The construction of both residential and commercial properties is encroaching further and further into our countryside. As a result, wildlife habitats are negatively affected and the UK’s biodiversity suffers.

In addition, changing animal behaviours in urban areas are being caused by a range of human factors. These include air and light pollution as well as habitat loss and fragmentation amongst others.

As towns and cities take over more green space, we’re increasingly likely to encounter wildlife or even share our home with them. A surprisingly common example of this is bats roosting in and around homes.

Thankfully, there are solutions being developed which will allow us to coexist peacefully with our indigenous animal species. Read on to find out what issues exist and how conservation-friendly construction can remedy them…

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