Artificial light may alter underwater ecosystems
Artificial light may alter underwater ecosystems,
April 28, 2015,
By Kate Wheeling,
Light from harbors, ships, and offshore structures such as oil rigs may be disrupting the lives of marine worms, barnacles, and corals, preventing their wayfaring larvae from finding suitable habitats in which to settle down, according to a new study. Such light pollution could change the face of already stressed coastal marine ecosystems like coral reefs, which humans have come to rely on as sources of food, income, and even protection from incoming storms.