Space Tourism Could Exacerbate Climate Change

10/25/2010 01:47 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Inhabitat

Last week saw the opening of the world's first spaceport in New Mexico, and while it may be ushering in a new era of adventure, some scientists believe that space tourism flights could increase changes to the Earth's climate. The report, which was published in Geophysical Research Letters, stated that commercial space flights would emit large amonts of black carbon (soot) as well as altering global atmospheric circulation and distributions of ozone in the stratosphere.

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