Is the billionaire space race a final admission that humans need to look for a new home? It would seem so, given the aim of SpaceX, being “to make humanity multiplanetary” and to establish a permanent human colony on Mars, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos champions the idea with the declaration that “we can have a trillion humans in the solar system.”
Maybe this kind of thing excites you and you’re thrilled at the idea of floating in zero gravity. Truth is, you might not have an option, as the race to make space life a reality moves us closer to making this one less so. For more info, here is a very good post on the carbon footprint of space travel, which calculates that for Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic tourists, the carbon footprint of their 10 minute flight is roughly equivalent to a 25-year carbon footprint for the average person.
I typically avoid including depressing info in my newsletters unless they’re a a game changer, which space tourism is.
But lets get onto happier items. Below is a snippet of the positive things happening around the world at the moment. Enjoy ……
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Research into food waste in Dublin gives you a chance to participate
Eco skincare brand Beauty Kitchen are now providing refills on some products via Holland and Barret stores
Cramped seats with long queues or luxurious overnight travel? Midnight Trains hopes you’ll choose the latter
UK start up sells made chopping boards, plant pots and more, created from recycled plastic bottle caps
Ireland’s Upcycle Challenge has a prize pot of €6,000 to share amongst makers of clever upcycled products. Deadline is 15th of October.
Colder man-made caves could save bats in the US from infections exacerbated by warming temperatures
When life gives you a tomato glut, make ketchup
Study shows how urban trees can drop temp by up to 1.4 degrees
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