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How cities are cutting down on light pollution

View of the U.S. at night with city lights.
View of the U.S. at night. Photo: NASA via Getty Images

As cities invest in technology upgrades, they have an opportunity to reduce light pollution, which impacts 99% of people in the U.S. and Europe.

Why it matters: Pollution is typically thought of as air, water and soil contamination, but light pollution — including from streetlights that cast excessive light — also harms the environment, human health and the stability of the global ecosystem.

Ex-Tesla autopilot exec joins VC firm Greylock

Photo: Greylock Partners

Stuart Bowers, who most recently helped run Tesla's Autopilot division, has joined venture capital firm Greylock Partners as an executive-in-residence to work with its portfolio companies (possibly including autonomous vehicle plays like Aurora and Nuro).

The intrigue: Before Tesla, Bowers worked at Snap, Facebook and Microsoft. The common thread, he says, is "big software infrastructure problems."