Climate change talk inappropriate: premier
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says questions about the links between climate change and the state's unprecedented bushfires are 'inappropriate'.With firefighters continuing the battle to save lives and homes, now is not the time to be talking about the impact of climate change, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian insists.
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The next frontier for the wealthy tourist dollar has environmentalists concerned.
Are we doomed ? If you’re an expert in climate science, you probably get this question a lot. “I do,” said Kate Marvel, associate research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. But if we can hold the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Arctic sea ice is far likelier to
Space travel is predicted to be the next frontier for the wealthy tourist dollar, but there are fears it could also be devastating for the planet.
A single trip aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket has about the same carbon footprint as flying across the Atlantic 395 times, according to analysis by travel website Champion Traveler. That's equivalent to the average output of 73 cars over an entire year.
"These emissions represent a tiny fraction of the human race's yearly CO2 output," the site said in a recent post.
'Australia must stop selling coal': Branson calls for climate 'revolution'
As 'unprecedented' bushfires threaten NSW, Sir Richard Branson has a plan for Australia to become a world leader in the renewable energy space. English billionaire Sir Richard Branson has called on Australia to become a world leader in the renewable energy space, saying that "if you do the right thing, you'll find in the years to come you'll get the benefits". As NSW braces itself for one of the worst days of bushfires ever recorded, the Virgin Group founder spoke about its connection to climate change on Tuesday morning in Sydney.
Unemployment, crime, immigration seem closer to me and hence I give the climate threat a lower priority than those things that feel nearer. If we say the Earth is now going to hell, we're going to a boiling Earth, a hothouse, and you keep saying that, it activates a barrier we call the doom barrier.
tourists of doom ” to describe tourists who deliberately visit destinations with natural attractions Since ecotourism is a subset of both sustainable tourism and nature-based tourism , and because it Thus, visitation to regions affected by climate change could be described as a form of ecotourism
"But... 1000s of rockets per month carrying scientific or governmental payloads as well as a steady stream of space tourists - the environmental impact will be much greater."
At the moment, SpaceX - run by eccentric tech guru Elon Musk - sends a couple of dozen flights to space a year, but plans to ramp that up dramatically. And SpaceX isn't the only company hoping to cash in on space tourism, with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin at various stages of development.
"This reporting is not meant as a nay-say on rocket launches or space travel in general," Champion Traveler said.
"But as rocket launches become more common and space tourism accelerates... companies such as SpaceX will need to consider the environmental impact of their launches at scale."
Greens senator calls opponents 'arsonists'
Greens senator Jordon Steele-John has refused to back away from calling Labor and coalition senators 'arsonists' during a fierce spray on climate action. A Greens senator has branded major party politicians "arsonists" in an incendiary spray on climate policy as catastrophic fire conditions grip NSW. An enraged Jordon Steele-John, who represents Western Australia, let rip in the Senate on Tuesday during debate on the federal government's proposed laws cracking down on energy companies.
15. Doom Tourism Locations • Similar to Dark Tourism , there are Doom Tourism Locations all over the world. • Here are a few of the more famous Doom Tourism locations There is no better proof that the planet is in trouble than the Doom Tourism sites themselves, but we can make a difference. •
Space tourism will take-off in 2018. As the race between spaceflight companies Virgin Galactic and SpaceX heats up, those who can afford it will be able to
Musk has predicted it would take 1000 rockets to transport enough crew and cargo to set up a viable colony on Mars.
The aviation industry presently dumps about 900 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. Each litre of gasoline burned produces about 2.3kg of carbon dioxide - each atom of carbon in the fuel combining with two oxygen atoms from the atmosphere (hence the scientific notation CO2).
New York-based environmental news site Treehugger pointed out 395 is the capacity of a Boeing 777-300, so really a single Falcon launch was only about as environmentally damaging as a single flight across the Atlantic, if the plane is full - "and they do this hundreds of times a day".
"The people who can afford these flights will all be billionaires... it is a lot more important to worry about the impact of [their] stupid private jets than it is to worry about rockets," wrote Lloyd Alter.
Climate change 'didn't cause these bushfires', climate activism 'is making them worse'
Sky News host Peta Credlin says "so-called experts" have been forced to admit "climate change isn't the cause of these bushfires" but argues "two decades of climate change activism is making them worse".Ms Credlin asked, "If you were inclined to believe the activists, what's your explanation for all the other bushfire catastrophes of the past hundred years or more - starting with the Black Thursday bushfire in Victoria way back in 1851?"
But its sudden collapse would doom the planet. By Katie LanginJan. If the world took up a stratospheric aerosol project, the only way to avoid disaster, wrote Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, would be to have a permanent
Space tourism could have major consequences for Earth’s climate . New computer simulations suggest soot emitted by the rockets could raise temperatures at the poles, significantly reducing seasonal ice cover there, but uncertainty remains about the assumptions used in the study.
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June 20, 1944: First man-made object in space
The MW 18014, a V-2 guided ballistic missile, was launched from the Peenemünde Army Research Center in Nazi Germany. It reached an altitude of 109 miles (176 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface.
Oct. 4, 1957: First artificial satellite in space
Weighing 184 pounds (84 kilograms), Sputnik 1, a metal sphere with a diameter of 23 inches (58 centimeters), was launched by the Soviet Union into an elliptical low-Earth orbit, giving the Russians a first ‘win’ in the Space Race. The spacecraft completed an Earth orbit every 96.2 minutes and transmitted a series of beeps that could be monitored around the world.
(Pictured) Replica of Sputnik 1.
Nov. 3, 1957: First animal to orbit the Earth
Laika, a three-year-old stray dog from the streets of Moscow, Russia, was sent up to space in Sputnik 2. Scientists believed animals could help understand the effect of space flight on humans. However, since they hadn’t yet, at the time, figured out the technology to de-orbit, it was a one-way flight. Laika died soon after her flight, possibly from overheating caused by a malfunctioning spacecraft.
Former Motor Accident Commission chief Benjamin Tuffnell pleads guilty to drink-driving
A former high-profile South Australian public servant escapes conviction for resisting police during an arrest after a Tourism SA corporate function. But the former manager at the SA Motor Accident Commission was convicted for drink-driving.Benjamin John Tuffnell was working as the corporate affairs director at Tourism SA when he committed the offences.The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to three charges, including drink-driving and resisting police. © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Former Motor Accident Commission boss Ben Tuffnell was also accused of assaulting police.
Termed ‘last-chance’ or ‘ doom ’ tourism in the popular media, the desire for tourists to witness vanishing landscapes or seascapes and disappearing species may have important consequences for tourism management, yet the nature of these consequences is poorly understood by the academic
Despite the fact that Virgin Galactic says that sending tourists into space does not negatively influence the environment, scientists studying climate change They say that soot particles that are emitted by rockets could remain in the Earth's atmosphere for years. These particles absorb sunlight that would
Aug. 14, 1959: First photo of Earth from space
American satellite Explorer 6 transmitted crude pictures of a sunlit area of the Central Pacific Ocean and its cloud cover while it was crossing Mexico.
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Oct. 7, 1959: First photos of another space object
Although no human has ever stood on the far side of the moon, Soviet-era space probe Luna 3 was the first to take photographs of the area. The probe took 29 images; they were of low-resolution but many features could still be identified, such as the Mare Moscoviense (the dark spot in the upper right corner).
March 11, 1960: First solar probe is launched
NASA launched the Pioneer 5 space probe, via a Thor-Able 4 rocket, to investigate the interplanetary space between Earth and Venus. The probe was designed to provide information on solar flares, radiation and interplanetary magnetic fields.
April 12, 1961: First man in space
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit of the Earth on the Vostok 1. This was Gagarin’s first and only spaceflight. The flight lasted 108 minutes and Gagarin parachuted out of the capsule when it was 4.3 miles (seven kilometers) from the planet’s surface. However, he didn’t man the mission – it was controlled either by an auto-pilot mechanism or from the ground.
Fire chiefs' climate warning showed 'sheer irrationality'
Sky News host Andrew Bolt says the five former fire chiefs who warned Australians Thursday to act on climate change showed “sheer irrationality”. “As if tiny Australia could suddenly make the world so cold that never again will we get bushfires in November,” he said. While Mr Bolt admitted the “fires were bad,” he expressed doubt about whether they were “catastrophic”. He pointed out the top temperature in Sydney on Tuesday was 37 degrees Celsius. “It’s like we’re all goldfish, we don’t have any memory at all,” he said. “Each new heatwave, unprecedented, never seen anything like it before.
Monday, November 22, 2010. Virgin's Space Tourism Will Increase AGW. Climate change caused by black carbon, also known as soot, emitted during a decade of commercial space flight would The simulations show that the changes to Earth's climate could increase polar surface temperatures by 1
A single rocket launch can release as much CO2 as 395 transatlantic flights, meaning that the space tourism industry will be And with SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and others planning to ramp up their space tourism efforts, they could become a major force exacerbating global climate change.
May 5, 1961: First completed manned spaceflight
American astronaut Alan Shepard piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 (also called Freedom 7) to demonstrate humans could withstand the high gravitational forces of launch and landing. He completed a 15-minute suborbital flight before landing in the North Atlantic, off the coast of the Bahamas.
June 16, 1963: First woman in space
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova completed 48 orbits of the Earth in three days. She was awarded the title of “Hero of the Soviet Union” on return and the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace.
March 18, 1965: First spacewalk
Voskhod 2 pilot Alexey Leonov completed a 12-minute spacewalk when he left the craft to attach a camera to the end of the airlock. An endeavor to mark a space milestone, it could have cost Leonov his life since his suit was over-pressurized and he almost suffered a heatstroke. Fortunately, all ended well and the cosmonaut was recorded floating in space before safely re-entering the spacecraft.
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July 15, 1965: First close-up photographs of another planet
NASA's Mariner 4 became the first man-made object to successfully fly by Mars. It transmitted 21 images of the Martian surface, which showed deep craters (like those on the surface of the moon) and no signs of life.
No link between Australia's climate policies and bushfires: PM
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared there is no direct link between Australia's climate policies and the severity of bushfires. Mr Morrison said to suggest Australia - accountable for 1.3 per cent of the world's emissions - is impacting directly on specific fire events "doesn't bear up to credible scientific evidence".Until now, Mr Morrison had been reluctant to weigh in on the climate debate arguing it wasn't the appropriate time to have those discussions.
" Doom tourism has been with us for a long time indeed," Jonathan Raban, the travel writer, said by phone Advocates of green tourism counter that even carbon-consuming travel can help preserve Each tourist receives a certificate of participation and a Climate Change Challenge Mission patch.
Space tourism is human space travel for recreational purposes. There are several different types of space tourism , including orbital, suborbital and lunar space tourism .
Feb. 3, 1966: First soft landing on another celestial body
Russia's Luna 9 accomplished a lunar landing by deploying a landing bag to survive the impact. The unmanned spacecraft landed undamaged near the Oceanus Procellarum and the on-board television camera system took photographs of the surface. This was the first time photos were transmitted to Earth from the surface of another celestial object.
Dec. 25, 1968: First manned mission escapes Earth's orbit
Apollo 8 departed from Earth's orbit at 6:10:17 UTC, going into lunar orbit and circling it 10 times. Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders marked a list of firsts that include: first humans to see the Earth as a whole, enter the gravitational force of another celestial object, to photograph Earth from space, see the far side of the moon and see an Earthrise.
July 20, 1969: First man on the moon
Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong made history when he set foot on the moon. Along with astronaut Buzz Aldrin (pictured), Armstrong landed the lunar module at 20:18 UTC and, six hours later, stepped outside. He was joined by Aldrin some 20 minutes later. Armstrong and Aldrin also became the first humans to take pictures on and off the moon.
Nov. 17, 1970: First lunar rover lands
Lunokhod 1 was the first of two unmanned rovers launched by the Soviet Union. Weighing 1,667 pounds (756 kilograms), it landed in the Mare Imbrium (also called Sea of Showers or Sea of Rains).
April 19, 1971: First space station
The Soviets launched the first space station of any kind, the Salyut 1 (R), to conduct tests and scientific research in low-Earth orbit. An accident on Soyuz 11 forced the Soviets to halt their space missions as their capsules had to be redesigned. This took too long and it was decided to terminate the Salyut 1 after 175 days.
'Climate alarmists don't want to look at history'
Sky News host Chris Kenny says “the trouble with climate alarmists and green activists is they don't want to look at history”.“Yes the smoke is bad, the bushfires are terrible, but for perspective it is always good to look at history, to look at facts,” he said.
Space Future is for everyone who'd like to visit space . Features include the archive of space tourism work, information on vehicles, tourism and With the concept of Space Tourism steadily increasing in acceptance, and the advances of commercial space , much of our purpose could be said to be
(Pictured) Artist's rendering of a Soyuz space craft docking with Salyut 1.
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July 15, 1972: First mission to leave the inner Solar System
The Pioneer 10, launched on March 2, 1972, became the first spacecraft to enter the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It would become the first to fly by Jupiter in December 1973.
(Pictured) Artist's rendering of Pioneer 10 moving away from the sun.
July 15, 1975: First international manned mission launches
The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project's aim was the first joint U.S.-Soviet spaceflight. With a mission to develop space rescue capability, the American unnumbered Apollo module and Soviet Soyuz 19 docked with each other in space on July 17, 1975, marking the first such link-up of spacecraft from the two nations. The mission also marked the end of the Space Race.
Oct. 22, 1975: First photos from the surface of another planet
The Venera 9 unmanned Soviet mission, that launched in June 8, 1975, became the first spacecraft to orbit Venus. The craft landed near the Beta Regio area on the planet and took images of the Venusian surface that were transmitted to the Earth.
April 12, 1981: First reusable shuttle launches
NASA’s maiden orbiter, Space Shuttle Columbia, was launched with two crew members – John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen. The mission was called STS-1 and Columbia orbited the Earth 37 times before landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, U.S., on April 14, 1981, becoming the first reusable, manned spacecraft.
Feb. 7, 1984: First untethered spacewalk
American astronaut Bruce McCandless II used the Manned Maneuvering Unit (an astronaut rocket pack) to venture 98 meters (320 feet) from Space Shuttle Challenger.
July 25, 1984: First woman to walk in space
Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya conducted an extravehicular activity (EVA) for over three hours, cutting and welding metal outside the Salyut 7 space station. She is, to date, the only Soviet woman to walk in space.
Jan. 28, 1986: Challenger explosion
Space Shuttle Challenger started breaking up 73 seconds after lift-off. It exploded shortly after, killing all seven crew members on-board, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe; she was a civilian selected from thousands of applications for the NASA Teacher in Space Project.
(Pictured, clockwise from L) Ellison Onizuka, McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Francis "Dick" Scobee and Michael J. Smith
Feb. 19, 1986: First long-term space station
Mir’s Base Block was launched into orbit by a Soviet Proton launcher, becoming the world’s first modular space station – assembled over the 10 years it was orbiting Earth. During its 15 years of service, it remained the largest artificial satellite in orbit.
Feb. 14, 1990: First photograph of the whole solar system
The Voyager 1, launched in 1977, took the first ever "family portrait" of the solar system. It was a mosaic of 60 images that only showed six planets since Mercury was too close to the sun to be seen, Mars could not be detected by the camera and Pluto was too small. The sun was seen in the center as just a point of light.
March 22, 1995: Longest human space flight
Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov lived aboard Mir Space Station for just over 437 days continuously. His combined space time, over multiple missions, is more than 22 months. His residency was helpful for scientists to study biomedical effects of long-term spaceflight.
July 4, 1997: First operational rover on another planet
Mars Pathfinder took four minutes to enter the Martian atmosphere and land in the Ares Vallis region. It deployed the Sojourner Rover soon after, which conducted experiments to analyze the atmosphere, climate and geology of the planet.
Nov. 20, 1998: Largest man-made object in space
The first module of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched by a Russian Proton rocket. The world's first multinational space station would continue to grow over subsequent missions until it became the largest man-made object in Earth's orbit and the largest satellite of Earth. The station has also been continuously occupied for more than 16 years, making it the longest continuous human presence in space.
March 6, 2009: First space telescope
A Delta II rocket carried Kepler, NASA’s first planet-hunting spacecraft, on its mission to look for Earth-like exoplanets. It would orbit the Sun every 372 days, observing an area and selecting stars for further study.
(Pictured) Artist's rendering of Kepler spacecraft.
April 28, 2001: First space tourist
American millionaire and engineer Dennis Tito flew to the ISS on the Soyuz TM-32. He is believed to have paid $20 million and returned safely after an eight-day trip.
Feb. 12, 2001: First landing on an asteroid
The NEAR-Shoemaker space probe's mission to Asteroid 433 Eros started in 1996 and ended with the probe landing on its surface. It collected data on the asteroid's composition and magnetic field, with the last data signal being received by NASA on Feb. 28, 2001.
(Pictured) Visualization of 433 Eros.
May 22, 2012: First private company in space
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 delivered the unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft into orbit so that it could rendezvous with the International Space Station. The Dragon was also the first American vehicle to visit the International Space Station since the end of the space shuttle program.
(Pictured) The Dragon craft is grappled by ISS' robotic arm.
Nov. 12, 2014: First comet landing
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe reached the orbit of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Aug. 6, 2014, and its lander module Philae successfully landed on the comet’s surface.
July 14, 2015: Last encounter with one of nine original planets
New Horizons space probe, launched in 2006, performed its closest flyby of Pluto, becoming the first interplanetary space probe to reach and observe the dwarf planet.
Aug. 10, 2015: Fresh food is harvested in space
After decades of eating Earth-packed food, NASA astronauts aboard the ISS managed to grow, harvest and eat red romaine lettuce in space. They cleaned the greens with citric acid-based wipes before eating them.
March 2, 2016: First ISS year-long mission ends
Russian astronaut Mikhail Kornienko (R) and American Scott Kelly recorded the longest time in space for ISS crew members after their 340-day mission. They were part of a program to study the health effects of long-term spaceflight.
Feb. 15, 2017: 104 satellites launched at once
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) blasted off 101 smaller nano satellites and three Indian satellites in one go. The combined payload of 3,040 lbs (1,380 kgs) was aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
March 30, 2017: First reusable orbital rocket launched and landed
SpaceX sent a previously used Falcon 9 into space, carrying communication satellites. The first stage of the rocket had been used in an April 2016 NASA mission. It successfully returned to Earth and landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
Feb. 6, 2018: SpaceX tests the most powerful launch vehicle in operation
The private space company successfully completed the flight of the Falcon Heavy that can lift up to 141,000 pounds (64 metric tons) – a mass greater than a 737 fully-loaded jetliner. During its demo flight, the huge rocket launched Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster and its dummy astronaut, "Starman" (pictured), into orbit around the sun.
Oct. 29, 2018: Closest man-made object to the Sun
The Parker Solar Probe became the closest ever man-made object to the sun. The record of 26.55 million miles (42.73 million kilometers) was previously held by the Helios 2 spacecraft, which was launched jointly by NASA and Germany’s DFVLR. The Parker probe is expected to approach within 4.3 million miles (6.9 million kilometers) from the center of the sun and the mission goals include understanding the flow of energy around the corona (outer layer of the sun’s atmosphere).
(Pictured) United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launching Parker Solar Probe at Cape Canaveral in Florida, U.S. on Aug. 12, 2018.
Jan. 1, 2019: NASA explores furthest point in space
NASA spacecraft New Horizons traveled to Ultima Thule, a trans-Neptunian object located four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) from Earth. The journey, which was made in six hours and eight minutes, marks the furthest point in space humanity has explored to date. Photographs sent back from the flyby – the space craft was 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) away – show two sphere-like objects fused together. The largest is believed to be 21 miles (33 kilometers) long.
(Pictured) This image made available by NASA on Jan. 2, 2019, shows the size and shape of the object Ultima Thule.
Jan. 3, 2019: China lands probe on far side of the moon
On this day, the Chinese government claimed to have successfully landed a space probe on the far side of the moon. The probe – Chang’e-4 – landed in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, according to a statement issued by country's space agency. The event now means China is one of only three countries in the world to have made soft-landings on the moon – the other two are the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.
On Jan. 15, 2019, China National Space Administration revealed that seeds taken up to the moon by Chang'e-4 have sprouted, marking the first time any biological matter has grown there. "Learning about these plants' growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base," said Professor Xie Gengxin, the experiment's chief designer.
(Pictured) This photo, provided on Jan. 3, 2019, by China National Space Administration, shows the Chang'e-4 probe during its landing process.
April 10, 2019: First ever black hole image captured
The black hole was found in the distant galaxy M87, which is located in the Virgo galaxy cluster. Captured by the Event Horizon telescope, the image marks a first in space imaging technology. The Event Horizon telescope was built specifically to capture images of black holes, via a network of eight linked telescopes around the world.
Oct. 18, 2019: NASA astronauts conduct first all-female spacewalk
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history as they completed the first-ever spacewalk by an all-woman team. The spacewalk was guided by veteran NASA astronaut and capsule communicator Stephanie Wilson on ground and astronauts Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan on the International Space Station. It lasted for seven hours and 17 minutes, and the team's job was to fix a broken part of the station’s solar power network.
(Pictured) Koch and Meir with Morgan at the International Space Station on Oct. 18, 2019.
A study earlier this year found contrails - the watery trails left behind by planes in the cool upper atmosphere - are actually worse for the climate than carbon emissions, trapping in more heat than they reflect back into space.
'Climate alarmists don't want to look at history' .
Sky News host Chris Kenny says “the trouble with climate alarmists and green activists is they don't want to look at history”.“Yes the smoke is bad, the bushfires are terrible, but for perspective it is always good to look at history, to look at facts,” he said.