The climatic impacts of spaceflight

Dr Stuart Parkinson, SGR, examines the carbon footprint of spaceflight - especially space tourism, military missions, and the planned return of humans to the Moon. He argues that the damage is large enough to justify a moratorium on all non-essential spaceflight.

Presentation at the webinar, Linking Militarised Space and the Climate Crisis, 3 October 2021 - part of Keep Space for Peace week.

Online publication: 8 October 2021
 

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About the presenter:

Dr Stuart Parkinson is Executive Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility. He holds a PhD in climate science and has been an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

 

Also see...

Space tourism: environmental vandalism for the super-rich
Stuart Parkinson, Responsible Science blog, July 2021
https://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/space-tourism-environmental-vandalism-super-rich

Flights from sense: how space tourism could alter the climate
Philip Chapman, SGR Newsletter, February 2016

https://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/flights-sense-how-space-tourism-could-alter-climate-february-2016