For the first few decades, no one thought about what would happen once they reached the end of their

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We’ve launched 9,600 satellites since 1957. For the first few decades, no one thought about what would happen once they reached the end of their lives. By the time space agencies decided to do something, it had become a problem.

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There are about 34,000 fragments larger than 10 centimeters, and over 128 million objects even smaller than that floating around in space, according to ESA. That number will rise as we launch more rockets and satellites, and as debris-creating events become more common.

While our efforts to radically curb plastic waste on Earth have so far been unsuccessful, we’ve actually made some progress in space.

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Publisher: The Japan Times
Date: 2020-10-20T11:32:21+09:00
Author: Laura Millan Lombrana
Twitter: @japantimes
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In Pursuit of the Perfect Spacesuit

Twenty thousand feet above Ottawa, Shawna Pandya floats gently out of her seat and executes a graceful midair swoop. Our Falcon 20 jet is halfway through a series of parabolas, which produce brief periods of microgravity, the classic ‘vomit comet’ flight profile used to train astronauts, give adventurous tourists a taste of space, and film cool music videos.

But Pandya, a 32-year-old physician and astronaut wannabe, is not here for any of those reasons. She is testing an advanced spacesuit from Final Frontier Design, a startup co-founded by a designer who previously crafted costumes for Victoria’s Secret fashion shows. During this parabola’s 18 seconds of microgravity, Pandya must return to her seat and attach a five-point safety harness. It’s a task that Paul Kissmann, chief test pilot at Canada’s National Research Council and the man flying the Falcon, thinks is next to impossible.

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Publisher: Air & Space Magazine
Author: Mark Harris
Twitter: @airspacemag
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Tenacious citizens take on the plastics industry over an insidious pollutant

Wilson, 72, was leader of a tenacious band of residents of’the rural fishing community. Heading for a legal showdown with Formosa over plastic pollution, they monitored the shoreline and shallows near the plant, armed with swimming pool nets and Ziploc bags to collect plastic resin pellets. In the space of three years, they amassed nearly 2,500 samples:’ compelling evidence in their path-breaking’‘federal lawsuit‘against the petrochemicals giant.’


Publisher: Salon
Date: 2020-10-03 23:29:20
Twitter: @Salon
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Time to redesign

Thankfully, individuals, governments, business and non-profit organisations are rising to these challenges, uniting and co-ordinating efforts to not only meet stakeholder expectations for climate leadership, but to maintain long-term global competitiveness. Indeed, conservative estimates suggest smart climate choices could unlock an economic gain of $26 trillion over the next decade.

It’s a good job too. Without action, research suggests we might have fewer than 20 years of fresh drinking water to meet demand.

The work done by our oceans and seas is vital ‘ it makes our Earth habitable. From rainwater to drinking water, climate, coastlines, much of our food and oxygen, all are impacted, whether directly or indirectly, by a healthy ocean.

Publisher: BBC Storyworks
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THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Each year, we use more than 100 billion tons of raw material, and most of it ends up as pollution in the environment. To change that, we need to move toward a circular economy, where resources are used longer and reused later. How can we get there? National Geographic recently convened a discussion among CEOs, city officials, and other experts.

A daring solo journey around the world inspired Ellen MacArthur’s groundbreaking effort to rethink how we use resources. During her record-setting 2005 voyage aboard a 75-foot trimaran, MacArthur was sometimes days away from rescue, and what she took along on the boat was all she had for more than 10 weeks.


Publisher: National Geographic Forum: The Circular Economy
Twitter: @natgeo
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Inside the plan to revolutionize animal shelters


Publisher: Fast Company
Date: 2020-09-21T06:00:13
Author: Nate Berg
Twitter: @fastcompany
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Greetings Earthlings: Servers on reboot. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. Hey, buddy, why are all the planets not aligning?