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The U.S. put up 1,800 lights at the southern border. Turning them on could cause huge problems

By Mark Brodie
Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 11:19am
Updated: Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - 7:25am

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Border wall lighting infrastructure in California’s San Bernardino Valley
Russ McSpadden/Center for Biological Diversity
Border wall lighting infrastructure in California’s San Bernardino Valley

A new analysis raises concerns about a series of stadium lights installed along the country’s southern border, and the impacts they could have on the species that live there.

The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity found more than 1,800 lights have been put up, although not yet turned on. The report suggests if they are, it would be problematic for all sorts of species, from bats and mammals to birds and insects.

map illustration showing location of lights along Arizona’s southern border
Curt Bradle/Center for Biological Diversity
This map from the Center for Biological Diversity shows the location of lights along Arizona’s southern border.

Russ McSpadden worked on the report. He’s a Southwest conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, and he joined The Show to talk more about the concerns with these lights.

Russ McSpadden
Russ McSpadden
Russ McSpadden

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