Navigation Links
The industrial space age
Date:10/4/2007

The Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I fifty years ago on October 4th, marking the beginning of our use of space for political, military, technological, and scientific ends. Since then we have launched hundreds of satellites, space probes, telescopes, moon missions, and planetary landers. Now, political scientist Rasmus Karlsson suggests that space could provide us with a sustainable future not possible from an earthbound only perspective.

Writing in the October issue of Inderscience publication, International Journal of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Karlsson, a researcher at the University of Lund, Sweden, explains that over the years, two strands of thought on sustainable development have emerged. They are ecologism and environmentalism. Ecologism offers a solution by emphasizing the need for major socioeconomic reform aimed at a post-industrial era. Environmentalism, in contrast, focuses on the preservation, restoration, and improvement of the natural environment within the present framework.

However, Karlsson, suggests that there is a third approach to sustainable development that has until now been excluded from the agenda - namely a large-scale industrial expansion into space.

He suggests that access to the raw materials found on the Moon as well as unfiltered solar energy could be used to increase dramatically our stock of resources and energy while providing unlimited sinks for pollutants. Such an approach would satisfy two of the most demanding issues regarding sustainability, finding renewable energy sources and the disposal of pollutants.

Resource scarcity, pollution, and dwindling fossil fuels, have become of serious environmental concern in the last few decades. As such, environmentalists have called for massive reductions in energy and material consumption. Seemingly unrelated but running in parallel is that the promise of space exploration has been limited to technological optimists who
'/>"/>

Contact: Rasmus Karlsson
rasmus.karlsson@svet.lu.se
Inderscience Publishers
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Industrial contaminants spread by seabirds in High Arctic, new Canadian study shows
2. A silent pandemic: Industrial chemicals are impairing the brain development of children worldwide
3. Space matters: Estimating species diversity in the fossil record
4. Evolution of life on Earth may hold key to finding life in outer space
5. Saharas edge studied from ground, air and space to improve water management
6. Plants used to detect gas leaks, from outer space!
7. Scientist-astronaut sends T-cells into space
8. Microscopic passengers to hitch ride on space shuttle
9. Sandia work launched on space shuttle shows live cells influence growth of nanostructures
10. Harmful Algal Blooms monitored from space in Chile
11. Researcher to study astronaut bone loss for space biology agency
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/21/2014)... -- In recent years, new strains of bacteria have ... year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis and ... kill at least 23,000. Despite the urgent need for ... of antibiotics in the past decade. , MIT engineers ... superbugs. Using a gene-editing system that can disable any ...
(Date:9/21/2014)... a protein therapy that disrupts the process that causes ... travel through the blood stream and start aggressive new ... as metastasis, can cause cancer to spread with deadly ... to cancer fall prey to metastatic forms of the ... who describes a new therapeutic approach in Nature ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... professor will study the unique bioelectric signaling system of ... people,s health. The OU researcher is working to ... produce the signals used to map the world around ... rate of 500-600 discharges a second throughout their lives. ... are extreme, but necessary for survival. , "There is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Battling superbugs 2Battling superbugs 3Battling superbugs 4Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading 2Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading 3Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading 4
... water to date and other environmental factors led to the historically ... a two-year scientific study released today. A team of biologists ... Florida in Orlando published their findings in the journal ... have been trying to figure out why there were a high ...
... CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A new study answers a question that has ... corn rootworm an insect that thrives on corn but dies ... soybeans? The answer, researchers say, has to do with enzyme production ... paper in Ecology and Evolution . Crop rotation declined ...
... co-opted "ready-made" genes from their hosts that in turn ... study by University of British Columbia and University of ... microbes called microsporidia, Encephalitozoon hellem and ... commonly found in the intestines of vertebrates. In humans, ...
Cached Biology News:Study points to causes of high dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico 2Team discovers how western corn rootworm resists crop rotation 2Team discovers how western corn rootworm resists crop rotation 3
(Date:9/22/2014)... The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule ... of its kind ever created. , Known as ... create one for over a quarter of a century and ... Chemistry . , Consisting of two molecular triangles, entwined ... interlocked molecules are tiny each triangle is 114 atoms ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... Sept. 22, 2014 US demand to rise ... specialty biocides is forecast to rise 3.9 percent per ... demand is projected to increase 1.3 percent per year ... strong rebound in construction expenditures will support demand for ... markets, while growth in consumer spending and manufacturing output ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... 2014 Invisible Sentinel Inc., a ... food and beverage industries, announced today that its ... a non-exclusive agreement by Enartis, a global provider ... an Esseco Group company headquartered in Trecate, Italy, ... and other global markets for their own in-winery ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... LONDON , September 22, 2014 ... ended on a mixed note as the Dow Jones ... NASDAQ Composite closed at 4,579.79, down 0.30%. The S&P ... the trading session, six out of ten sectors finished ... Sector Index ended the day at 751.48, up 0.10%, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:US Biocides Market 2US Biocides Market 3Invisible Sentinel's Test for Wine-Spoilage Microbe to be Distributed by Enartis in Multiple Markets Globally 2Invisible Sentinel's Test for Wine-Spoilage Microbe to be Distributed by Enartis in Multiple Markets Globally 3Stock Updates on Biotech Industry - Array BioPharma, Enzon Pharma, Alkermes, Amarin, and Synergy Pharma 2Stock Updates on Biotech Industry - Array BioPharma, Enzon Pharma, Alkermes, Amarin, and Synergy Pharma 3Stock Updates on Biotech Industry - Array BioPharma, Enzon Pharma, Alkermes, Amarin, and Synergy Pharma 4Stock Updates on Biotech Industry - Array BioPharma, Enzon Pharma, Alkermes, Amarin, and Synergy Pharma 5
... Madison, Wis. — To find the catalyst for ... years including the nation's astounding 26 percent gain ... and incentives, says University of Wisconsin Business School Dean ... productivity gains, well the responsibility clearly lies with information ...
... view of the planned Interdisciplinary Research Complex. Courtesy of ... Group. Madison, Wis. The Oscar ... of planned medical research facilities on the University of ... to build. , ,Called the Interdisciplinary Research Complex, the ...
... has installed its first volume computed tomography scanner, which takes ... cardiologist. , ,Round Rock Cardiology in Texas will use GE's ... GE said the scans take less time than five heartbeats. ... a three-dimensional view. , ,The scanner entered general clinical use ...
Cached Biology Technology:IT is critical for economic growth, says UW business dean 2IT is critical for economic growth, says UW business dean 3IT is critical for economic growth, says UW business dean 4
...
...
... Cells are derived from the Spodoptera frugiperda Sf21 ... use in transfections, plaque assays, virus production, and ... protocol that optimizes recovery of viable cells after ... BacVector Insect Cell Medium and can also be ...
The PROTEAN II slab gel casting stand is a component of the PROTEAN II XL and xi casting apparatus. It is supplied with gaskets....
Biology Products: