When Vincent van Gogh peered out the window of the Saint-Paul asylum at the nighttime sky in Saint-Rémy in 1889, he saw the brilliant light of innumerable stars over southern France that inspired his evocative painting “The Starry Night.”
But nights no longer are so starry for billions of people. About 83 percent of the world’s population, including more than 99 percent in Europe and the United States, live in areas beset by nocturnal “light pollution” from the incessant glow of electric lights, researchers said on Friday.
Only small areas in western Europe remain relatively unaffected, mostly in Scotland, Sweden and Norway. Australia and Africa are least affected among the populated continents.
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