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Report: Space Tourism Will Accelerate Climate Change

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:10 AM
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Image Credit: Virgin Three years ago I called Virgin's LEED certified spaceport a contradiction in terms , noting that Tourists and passengers will drive into the middle of the desert, where Richard Branson and others will literally burn rubber, mixed with nitrous oxide, to fire people into space for seven minutes at $ 200,000 a pop. And guess what? It is designed to be LEED Platinum. To be "both sustainable and sensitive to its surroundings." What an oxymoronic gesture. Next thing you know we will have LEED certified coal fired power plants. Commenters were all over me, but you know what? I was right. New research shows "that over a period of 10 years, private rocket launches could produce enough black carbon emissions to change global temperatures and accelerate climate change." ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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