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WHAT'S NEXT:? Our natural environment is under ever-increasing threat. Landscape and ocean adaptation plus stabilizing biodiversity strategies will play an important role in maintaining global food productivity as climate changes. Evidence is mounting that any economic strategy that ignores carbon pollution will impose tremendous costs on the global economy and will result in fewer jobs and less economic growth over the long term. The global market for commercial "Earth observation" data is expected to hit $3.5 billion by 2024. Battles over environmental regulation could become particularly pointed in the coming years.

  • [New] The number of deaths may drop to 5.3 million per year by 2050 in a BAU economy because lower emissions due to improvements in emission controls will have a greater impact than the higher population exposed to air pollution. / Stanford University
  • [New] Space tourism will inevitably put pressure on Earth's environment - there are claims that space vehicles may one day become the world's biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions. / The Conversation
  • [New] Space-based quantum sensors will enable better monitoring of the Earth's resources and improve the predictions of Earthquakes and the adverse effects of climate change, like droughts and floods. / Very Top Secret Information
  • [New] GEO satellites' altitude has always meant that they enjoy a wide field of view, meaning operators could cover much of the Earth's surface with just a few satellites. / International Carriers
  • [New] 93% of the world's children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. /
  • [New] In the future, cloud cover will actually make climate change and rising temperatures much more extreme, both by reflecting less solar radiation away from Earth and by enhancing the greenhouse effect. / Space
  • [New] In addition to its own examinations, the Perseverance rover will be responsible for gathering and storing rock samples that a future mission will carry to Earth for examination in much more sophisticated labs than can ever be sent to Mars. / Space
  • [New] By mitigating toxic pollution in large countries with high populations such as China and India, neighboring countries will benefit. / Notre Dame News
  • [New] There are concerns that a growing market for plastics could drive demand for oil, contributing to the release of greenhouse gas emissions precisely at a time when the world needs to drastically cut emissions. / The New York Times
  • [New] The next time the sample tube contents are seen, they will be in a clean room facility on Earth, for analysis using scientific instruments much too large to send to Mars. / NASA's Mars Exploration Program
  • [New] As the planet gets warmer, climate change increases the risk for wildfires, rising sea levels, extreme heat, severe weather, air pollution, and droughts. / Deloitte United States
  • [New] Earth's atmosphere is generally not considered survivable for significant amounts of time above altitudes of 50,000 feet without a spacesuit, and Bezos will be traveling up to 350,000 feet. / CTVNews
  • [New] Aligning the COVID-19 global recovery with action on climate could not only improve public health but create a sustainable economy and protect the environment. / Health Affairs
  • [New] Putting renewable energy on land creates more American jobs, does not put commercial fisheries out-of-business, is more secure and does not come with all the environmental risks of offshore wind. / E&E News
  • [New] While Skylark aims to be protect the space environment, the Earth-observation project will provide new tools in the battle against climate change. / The Globe and Mail
  • [New] In reaction, the European Union has sanctioned future bond issuances by Belarus, and the perception of Belarus' ESG risk - risks associated with environmental, social and governance factors - has reportedly deteriorated. / openDemocracy
  • [New] Richard Branson may have beaten Bezos to space, but Blue Origin is working on an even bigger rocket that could fly people and payloads well beyond the edge of space, into orbit around Earth. / The Atlantic
  • [New] Recent developments in satellite earth observation data and artificial intelligence are enabling the financial sector to understand climate and environmental risks, opportunities and impacts in granular detail. / Business Green
  • [New] If we do not tailor an electrification plan for the United States, we can expect a lot of resistance to the overall plan that could have otherwise been avoided, and make meaningful impacts against climate change and pollution decades faster. / CleanTechnica
  • [New] NASA currently use AI for scanning deep space and creating 3D models of asteroids to identify threats to the earth. / Kings College London
  • [New] Climate change could play a significant role in a new commodity cycle as the world faces out of control wildfires, floods and major pollution. / GoldSeek
  • [New] The establishment of wildlife corridors linking core habitats will provide an efficient reserve network for tiger conservation to maintain the evolutionary potential of Amur tigers facing environmental changes. / Science Direct
  • [New] Idaho's abhorrent war on wolves could kill grizzlies too and prevent their recovery in some of the best habitat anywhere. / Earthjustice

Last updated: 24 July 2021