Night Light

Cosier, Susan
January 2010
Audubon;Jan/Feb2010, Vol. 112 Issue 1, p19
The article describes how over six million birds in the North Sea die annually after being disoriented by lights from oil and gas rigs. To resolve the problem, scientists recommended gas rigs to replace their traditional white lights with green ones. According to George Wintermans of Royal Dutch Shell Corporation, the red wavelength in white light causes migrating birds to crash into gas rigs or die of exhaustion from circling these structures. The number of bird deaths in the North Sea were said to drop by half after the rigs switched to green lights.


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