Something that all of us at LPC already knew at the bottom of our minds has now reached official status: Hong Kong is the most light polluted country in the world. CNN has reported that “the local urban night sky [in Hong Kong] is as much as 1,000 times brighter than international norms, making it the most light polluted city in the world, according to a study by the faculty of science at the University of Hong Kong.” Considering that Hong Kong hosts one of the most densely populated areas on earth (one of my favorite districts, Mong Kok), is polluted to an incredible, at times even unhealthy extend, and has “unlike other major world cities […] no laws controlling urban lighting” (CNN), this does not come as a surprise. Even LPC students often complain that they cannot see any stars over the campus – even in cloud-free nights: One of the most recounted holiday experiences is gazing into the black, twinkling night sky back home.
21. March 2013