Beyond planes, is space tourism the bane of the environment?

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A new funding boost for the European Space Agency (ESA) will mean more rocket launches and more damage to the Earth’s atmosphere. But the launch plans of commercial space tourism operators pose a far greater threat, experts warn. As humankind explores the final frontier, there is clearly “an urgent need to develop environmental regulation to mitigate damage from this rapidly growing industry,” says a research team led by Robert Ryan from University College London. They calculated that three years of space tourism could be enough to double the amount of climate-damaging emissions produced by al…

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