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Space Tourism Contributes to Worsening Climate Change: UCL and MIT Researchers


Space tourism has increased in frequency in recent years, especially during the onset of the so-called billionaire space race. The developments signify the technological advancement of space travel in and out of the Earth’s orbit. Yet, such feat overlooks the environmental and climatic repercussions of emitted black carbon particles from rocket launches and re-entry into our planet.

A new study was conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge (UCL) in the UK and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. The research team found that such emissions contribute to the worsening climate crisis, aggravating global warming and hastening climate change.

A space rocket’s gas particles are reportedly less blamed compared to greenhouse gases. However, scientists have still warned that it could cause the potential depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer in the Arctic polar region in the future, particularly during the spring season.

For decades, scientists have warned against the human-induced climate change and it associated catastrophic consequences, including global sea level rise, extreme weather, and rising temperatures. In line with the new study, its findings and proposals could impact not only the space tourism industry but also other activities related to the broader space exploration and space […]

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