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Dr Paul Leyland
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A slightly more positive view from down south. Two weeks ago I flew to La Palma via Gran Canaria. The final leg was at night and passe the north side of Tenerife.

The two big islands looked much the same as anywhere else in the overdeveloped world with a similar population density.

La Palma from the air was very different. The Santa Cruz, the capital, was visible from the air but very, very much less intrusive than the towns and roads of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

Yet Santa Cruz de la Palma is just as well lit at ground level at night as is Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Light pollution is entirely a legal and political problem, not a safety nor an engineering problem.