climate change – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 13:27:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-57.png climate change – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ 32 32 Laois Heritage receives €100,000 for conservation work https://newtoncountymotourism.org/laois-heritage-receives-e100000-for-conservation-work/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 13:27:57 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/laois-heritage-receives-e100000-for-conservation-work/ Historic buildings in Laois are set to receive a share of €96,000 for conservation work to help save the buildings for future generations. A total of 512 heritage projects across all counties across the country will receive €4 million in funding this year through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) administered by the Department of […]]]>

Historic buildings in Laois are set to receive a share of €96,000 for conservation work to help save the buildings for future generations.

A total of 512 heritage projects across all counties across the country will receive €4 million in funding this year through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) administered by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

  • The Laois buildings to benefit from it are as follows.
  • Emo Gate Lodge €12,500
  • O’Connell House, Mountmellick – €7,000
  • Lea Church, Killenard – €12,500
  • Preston House, Abbeyleix – €6,000
  • Portrane House, Stradbally – €5,000
  • St Paul’s Church (French Church), Portarlington – €7,000
  • Tenakill House, Portlaoise – €15,000
  • Vicarstown National School – €8,000

The thatched roof houses are:

  • Ballacolla – €6,900
  • Rath League – €6,900
  • Rosenalis – €8,750
  • Cullo Hill – €450

With grants of up to €15,000, BHIS helps owners of heritage structures – including those on the local authority’s Register of Protected Structures and those located in architectural conservation areas – to meet their obligations to care of their properties.

Funding can be used to undertake repair work, thereby contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of heritage structures. Examples include repairing roofs, walls and joinery, sealing windows, lime plaster and repairing stained glass.

Laois Offaly TD and Minister of State for the Department of Finance, Seán Fleming, said built heritage is one of the main attractions for visitors to Ireland. Its conservation also strengthens and promotes our tourism industry and contributes to the regeneration of urban and rural areas.

He added that it contributes to the vitality of our towns, villages and countryside, instils a sense of pride and improves the quality of our daily life.

“We have wonderful examples of heritage buildings in Laois and this funding, in addition to the conservation of these buildings, will provide employment for the many small businesses, skilled conservation specialists and artisans involved in heritage related building activities. “, did he declare.

The funding was welcomed by Green Party Minister of State Laois Offaly, Pippa Hackett.

“Laois has magnificent churches and old houses that deserve to be maintained and preserved.
“We also have a tradition of thatching, a skill we shouldn’t lose, so I’m particularly pleased to see that funding for thatched houses is included,” said Minister Hackett.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD.

“I am delighted to announce a €4 million investment in our built heritage through the Built Heritage Investment Program for 2022, which will support owners and caretakers of 512 historic and protected structures across the country. . The funding will make it possible to carry out conservation work on our built heritage, in order to help safeguard it for future generations.

“These awards will boost the economy in all 31 local authorities, providing jobs for small businesses, skilled conservationists and shopkeepers, ensuring a continued focus on traditional craftsmanship – all of which help us deliver Heritage Ireland. 2030, the new national heritage plan that I launched last month,” he said.

A statement added that the protection of our built heritage was one of the priorities of the recently published intergovernmental strategy for the protection of Irish heritage, Heritage Ireland 2030. In addition, partnership is a key theme of Heritage Ireland 2030, and the BHIS is one of two built heritage funding schemes, run in association with the 31 local authorities and their Architectural Conservation Officers and Heritage Officers, working in partnership with the Department to protect our built heritage.

He said another aspect of the 2022 program is the continuation of a stream of micro-grants introduced in 2020 to increase the resilience of historic structures to withstand the effects of climate change. This is claimed to allow local authorities to give smaller rewards to owners of historic properties for carrying out routine maintenance to offset the impact of climate change on their buildings.”

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Tourism leaders urge world governments to work urgently to protect the oceans https://newtoncountymotourism.org/tourism-leaders-urge-world-governments-to-work-urgently-to-protect-the-oceans/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:47:10 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/tourism-leaders-urge-world-governments-to-work-urgently-to-protect-the-oceans/ The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and France co-hosted a session entitled “Tourism in the blue economy”, attended by high-level representatives who agreed that the establishment of such an economy could combat the threats of climate change, plastic pollution and the overexploitation of resources. In a press release issued on February 11, the World Tourism […]]]>

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and France co-hosted a session entitled “Tourism in the blue economy”, attended by high-level representatives who agreed that the establishment of such an economy could combat the threats of climate change, plastic pollution and the overexploitation of resources.

In a press release issued on February 11, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) noted that during the meeting, the panel representing Colombia, Kenya, Seychelles and Palau, explained how sustainably would help create a more competitive and inclusive tourism sector, SchengenVisaInfo. com reports.

UNWTO Executive Director Zoritsa Urosevic told those present at the Summit that tourism is a key player in preserving the blue world through incentives and financial mechanisms.

But we can and must do more. As part of the recovery, tourism must play a key role in regenerating coastal and marine ecosystems for resilience, putting people at the center of our effortss,” Urosevic said.

In addition, according to the UNWTO, the resurgence of global tourism due to the impact of the pandemic represents an opportunity for the sector to accompany the transformation of coastal and maritime destinations into more sustainable and oriental models, stable in the protection of the oceans. .

The Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Ragedonde, stressed that the blue economy represents an integrated approach to tourism and the local economic sector.

“The fates of tourism and the blue economy must be linked to make responsible use of limited resources. Our mother ocean should play a prominent role in tourism strategies,” he added in this regard.

In addition, business leaders from Accor, ClubMed, Costa Cruises, Iberostar Group, PONANT, TUI Group and the Blue Climate Initiative have joined the call for policy makers to focus on protecting oceans. They are also committed to tackling plastic pollution by aligning their policies with the framework of the Global Plastic Tourism Initiative, which supports the transition to a circular plastic economy.

Hervé Gastinel, CEO of PONANT, expressed his joy for the announced activity against the Global Plastic Tourism Initiative.

Like the polar exploration vessel Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT is deploying its “Single-use plastic” objective on all of its vessels“, he also noted.

The seminar was moderated by One Planet network manager, Jorge Laguna-Celis, and closed by Accor’s director of sustainable development, Brune Poirson, who spoke about the tourism community which is in the collective movement around the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. .

One Planet Network Manager Jorge Laguna-Celis said he was very pleased to work with the One Ocean Summit to increase commitments from tourism businesses and governments.

“The tourism sector can be a vehicle for education and prevention of plastic pollution and a source of sustainable recovery from the pandemic and generation of decent incomes for millions of people”, he underlined.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), tourism now accounts for around 40% of the blue economy, which constitutes a significant portion of the value of exports.

For nearly ten years, UNWTO and WTM have worked together to create such a high-level summit that focuses on the key challenges facing the travel and tourism industry.

During this year, the Summit will focus on the sustainable future of this sector and the important role that “green investments” play in achieving this objective.

According to National Geographic, marine pollution remains a growing problem today. Marine fertilizers that end up in the ocean include all manufactured products, most of which are plastic. The increase in algal bloom is due to the increase in the concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus, which can be harmful to human life.

Thus, the negative health effects caused by algal blooms harm the local fishing and tourism industry. Garbage, storms and poor waste management contribute to the accumulation of this waste, approximately 80% of which comes from the ground.

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Southern Water is working to reduce ‘storm’ discharges to the Thanet coastline – but campaigners say more action is needed – The Isle Of Thanet News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/southern-water-is-working-to-reduce-storm-discharges-to-the-thanet-coastline-but-campaigners-say-more-action-is-needed-the-isle-of-thanet-news/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 12:14:37 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/southern-water-is-working-to-reduce-storm-discharges-to-the-thanet-coastline-but-campaigners-say-more-action-is-needed-the-isle-of-thanet-news/ Inside Margate sewage pumping station A massive overhaul of amenities and projects to reduce the amount of rainwater runoff entering the sewage system will help reduce sewage discharges on the Thanet coastline, according to Southern Water. The company outlined the work in progress as public demand for the end of storm releases continues. Southern Water […]]]>
Inside Margate sewage pumping station

A massive overhaul of amenities and projects to reduce the amount of rainwater runoff entering the sewage system will help reduce sewage discharges on the Thanet coastline, according to Southern Water.

The company outlined the work in progress as public demand for the end of storm releases continues.

Southern Water says some £11.7million has been spent on upgrades at Margate, Broadstairs and Weatherlees Hill stations, including upgrades to pumps, screens, tanks and control systems, and that a further £6.6 million will be invested in the Margate and Broadstairs sites by 2025.

Along with the upgrade work, projects are being overseen by the new Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Task Force.

This includes finding solutions to prevent the system from being overwhelmed when runoff and sewage from homes and businesses enter the sewers.

Downpours cause rainwater to enter the sewer system in addition to sewage from homes and businesses. If it arrives too quickly at the pumping station to be treated, it is stored in an 8000 m3 tank, with backup capacity in another 4000 m3 tank.

The process involves the screening of wastewater and the disposal of gravel and items like sanitary napkins and other non-biological materials. It then travels 11km to Weatherlees Wastewater Treatment Plant where it undergoes UV disinfection, settling and aeration before returning to Margate station and being discharged via the waste pipe into 1 km long sea.

But when there are severe storms, the reservoirs can fill up in as little as 15 minutes. When this happens, the filtered wastewater is discharged into the sea.

How the pumping station works

In 2012, pump station failures during heavy rain led to pollution events, the closure of Thanet beaches for a period of nine days and a follow-up hand wash costing £400,000.

Southern Water was fined £2 million in December 2016 in relation to this incident and was also fined £200,000 in 2013 for breaching an environmental permit in 2011. As a result, and in order To reduce the risk of future incidents, the review took place.

Warning signs after sewage discharge Photo John Horton

Last year Southern Water was fined a record £90m for 51 charges of sewage pollution which took place between 2010 and 2015. There have also been incidents of storm discharge the last year which resulted in the majority of Thanet beaches being closed for several days in June and October and sparking a number of public protests and inquiries by the Environment Agency.

The water company says storm overflows are necessary if the tanks are filling, otherwise sewage would flow back into residents’ properties due to the design of the Victorian sewer system.

In 2019-20, there were 434 pollutant releases by Southern Water. The company says it aims to reduce that number to 80 by 2025 and zero by 2040. To do this, it is developing drainage and remediation plans for the area.

Jonathan Yates

Project manager Jonathan Yates, from Margate, is in charge of delivering a series of projects in Thanet and North Kent, while his colleague Dr Nick Mills is in charge of the CSO task force which is currently undertaking projects in Margate, Deal and Swalecliffe under a £1.5 contract. billion program.

Mr Yates says the discharges are ‘heavily diluted’ and never ‘raw sewage’. He added: “The last two rounds of investment have accounted for £10m of site work. It’s not just about doing what we have to do, but about doing what we have to do.

“Rather than just extending the life of the mechanical assets, we invested in replacing the entire pumping system. We have increased the workforce to 24 hours a day and increased training.

One of the goals is to separate rainwater from the sewer system by using natural solutions such as ponds and wetlands, sumps and rain gardens, and reducing the amount of rainwater that flows from roads and roofs entering the sewer system.

Dr Nick Mills

Dr Mills says that apart from pumping stations, a combination of factors can contribute to overwhelm the Victorian sewage system, including population growth, the increase in tarmacked areas which take away the natural absorption effected by spaces greens and climate change causing “summer rain bombs”.

He also said that the objective of the CSO working group was to achieve the goal of zero pollution.

Natural solutions include rain gardens, creating tree pits, and even realigning road gullies. This means working with Kent County Council, Thanet Council and other partners.

Tree pits at George V Park in Margate Photo Peter Hasted

Tree pits have been created at George V Park in Margate as part of a project to store surface water from surrounding roads.

Works by Kent County Council last year mean water is stored and filtered slowly through the plantation to remove any pollutants and help it flow through the soil.

Prior to the upgrade, the water would have flowed into the combined sewer system, which could be overwhelmed by heavy rains and exacerbate local flooding.

Now 761 m3 of surface water can be stored naturally in ponds and swales and, in partnership with Isle of Thanet Tree and Woodland Initiative, 42 additional trees have been planted in the park.

Over 30 trees have been planted along two roads, as part of the EU-funded Interreg 2 Seas Cool Towns project. Eleven of them are tree pits that help manage surface water by collecting and infiltrating water into the ground.

Photo Peter Hasted

Southern Water says customers can also help by avoiding cluttering the system with products like sanitary napkins or grease from cooking and investing in products like smart water butts.

But many in the Thanet community want to see more commitment to stopping the storm releases that are having such an impact on the island’s beaches, tourism and businesses and they want a promised public meeting to finally take place.

Councilor Rob Yates

Cllr Rob Yates says the goal should be zero discharge and water infrastructure should be publicly managed.

He said: “It is clear from the number of CSO discharges, beach closures and exceeding their pumping speeds that they ignored Thanet.

“It is only because of public anger and media pressure that they are announcing additional funds. It’s time to stop having a monopolistic company running our water supply and let’s get serious about having a public, fit-for-purpose water system where the goal is zero wastewater discharge instead than simply reducing them by 80%.

SOS activists including Karen Constantine (right)

Ramsgate County Councilor Karen Constantine said Southern Water needed to speak to the public and hold the public meeting promised for January.

She and members of the Save Our Seas group, made up of Ramsgate residents and sea swimmers, distributed leaflets around the town to find out people’s views on sewage discharge and increase demand for the meeting.

She said: “While I accept that Covid has inevitably delayed Southern Water’s response to our repeated calls for a public meeting in Ramsgate, I believe now is the time for clarity and a clear plan.

“I canceled the public meeting I had called for December 3, after being reassured by Southern Water that a larger public meeting would be announced. That did not happen.

“I believe the mood towards Southern Water is concerning and most residents share this view. Indeed, we spent yesterday afternoon handing out flyers downtown and most people are in agreement that serious questions need to be answered and Southern Water needs to outline the actions they plan to take.

SOS flyer

“We remain disappointed with Southern Water, not only have they failed to identify a date for a Ramsgate meeting, they have failed to support our calls for independent testing of sea and river water, and they also didn’t invite us to meet the CEO as we requested. .

“A group of Save Our Seas activists, myself and other councilors will be visiting the Weatherlees sewage treatment works this week, and this will give us the opportunity to ask questions and urge them to respond. to our requests.

“Residents of Royal Road and Spencer Square remain concerned about sewage odors emanating from the fetid reservoir below the tennis courts – despite this having been subject to several weeks of works and road closures. It looks like it didn’t work.

“Residents of Ramsgate urgently want a public meeting at a Ramsgate location to raise their concerns, they do not want and will not tolerate a greenwash.”

Ian McAulay, CEO of Southern Water, said: “There is a growing call to take action to reduce the frequency and impact of storm surges. This is a task of magnitude and complexity that requires multisectoral collaboration and policy articulation to achieve it, which of course seems difficult today.

“However, just 20 years ago, the quality of our coastal waters was expected to improve dramatically. Today, reflecting significant investment driven by a targeted policy, our 83 regional bathing waters all meet strict European standards and 78 in total are classified as excellent or good.

“Delivering a similar transformation in storm discharge reduction is the next logical step and we believe it can be achieved. We will play our part in leading and driving the necessary collaboration and investment.

Find the SOS Ramsgate group on facebook by clicking here

Group of volunteers and residents urge Southern Water to extend funding for beach cleaners to cope with expected influx of summer visitors

Plans for Southern Water public meeting in Thanet postponed until bigger venue can be booked

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2021: a year of space tourism, the rise of China https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew […]]]>

From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .
Here are the selected highlights.

Red Planet Robot Duo

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for some time in the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it’s doing a detailed, long-term investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

Private space flight takes off

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the swordsman Captain Kirk in the 1960s TV series “Star Trek,” who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

Globalization of space

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (Palace in the Sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go into space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

Future…

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a US$10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Casey Drier, lead attorney for the Planetary Society.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden — even if he hasn’t made his support as clear.

Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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A year of space tourism, flights to Mars, the rise of China » Capital News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final […]]]>

Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .

Here are the selected highlights.

– Red Planet robot duo –

Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth look at what it meant to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own © AFP/File/Patrick T. FALLON

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

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“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it does a long-term detailed investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

– Private space flight takes off –

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

This NASA photo released on April 27, 2021 shows a black and white image taken by the navigation camera aboard NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter during its third flight to Mars on April 25, 2021 © NASA/AFP/File/Document

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the slick Captain Kirk in the 1960s “Star Trek” TV series, who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

– Globalization of space –

Students watch a live image of a lesson given by Chinese astronauts from China’s Tiangong space station at a school in Yantai, eastern China’s Shandong province © AFP/STR

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (palace in the sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go big in space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

– Coming soon… –

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on board rises from the launch pad, at the European Spaceport, Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, December 25, 2021 © AFP / jody amiet

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a $10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Planetary Society lead advocate Casey Drier.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden – even if he hasn’t been as vocal in his support.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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Weekend special: Will the phenomenal rise in space tourism benefit the world?, World News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/weekend-special-will-the-phenomenal-rise-in-space-tourism-benefit-the-world-world-news/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/weekend-special-will-the-phenomenal-rise-in-space-tourism-benefit-the-world-world-news/ The world is changing at a rapid pace. What was special before is common now. Space travel has also seen it lately. In the past, only scientific explorers ventured into space to find multiple answers, but now it has become a way to spend free time. Due to advancement and commercialization, space tourism has become […]]]>

The world is changing at a rapid pace. What was special before is common now.

Space travel has also seen it lately. In the past, only scientific explorers ventured into space to find multiple answers, but now it has become a way to spend free time.

Due to advancement and commercialization, space tourism has become a reality.

Several large conglomerates have entered this very lucrative arena.

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Not only that, competition in the industry has already intensified. These days, Elon Musk’s SpaceX runs missions to send tourists into space. He also worked on several other missions in coordination with NASA.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin also made their maiden flights. Many billionaires, such as Japanese tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, Branson and others, have visited space before.

Besides the billionaires, several others have also reached space or the International Space Station.

The American company Space Adventures, headed by Tom Shelley, sent about eight tourists to the ISS.

Read also | Watch: Finally, the groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope scales the skies this Christmas

The industry also faces significant criticism due to its carbon footprint. This comes at a time when the world is looking to tackle climate change in a do or die situation.

Some companies use cleaner fuel for space travel, but others don’t.

Virgin Galactic said it plans to run 400 flights a year in the future. This shows that the popularity of space tourism will surely increase.

This can lead to a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore important to find the right balance between advancing in the form of space tourism and solving the problems of climate change.

Thus, this type of tourism can help transport people to other planets, but it can lead to the destruction of the Earth.

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Dhaka and Malé to work together on climate change and regional security https://newtoncountymotourism.org/dhaka-and-male-to-work-together-on-climate-change-and-regional-security/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 14:41:22 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/dhaka-and-male-to-work-together-on-climate-change-and-regional-security/ Bangladesh and the Maldives held the first-ever bilateral consultations on Saturday, reaffirming their commitment to work together in regional and multilateral fora, especially on climate change and regional security issues. Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen led the delegation during the bilateral consultations held in Malé between Bangladesh and the Maldives. Maldives Foreign Minister Abdul Ghafoor […]]]>


Bangladesh and the Maldives held the first-ever bilateral consultations on Saturday, reaffirming their commitment to work together in regional and multilateral fora, especially on climate change and regional security issues.

Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen led the delegation during the bilateral consultations held in Malé between Bangladesh and the Maldives. Maldives Foreign Minister Abdul Ghafoor led the Maldives delegation.

The Maldivian parties have requested Bangladesh’s support in recruiting qualified human resources, including specialist doctors and nurses.

They also requested Bangladesh’s support for specialized courses in higher education, including medical.

Read: Hasina to strengthen connectivity with the Maldives

The two foreign ministers noted the excellent relations that exist between the two countries and reaffirmed to strengthen them further in the days to come.

Foreign Minister Masud reiterated that Bangladesh attaches great importance to promoting relations with neighboring countries as part of its foreign policy.

The full range of relations and deepening of cooperation, conclusion of bilateral instruments, trade and connectivity, protection of migrant workers, development of human resources, agriculture, fisheries, program of cultural exchange, environmental protection and tourism to improve people-to-people contacts came for discussions.

Read: Maldives vice president calls for support to regularize all Bangladeshi workers

Earlier today, Ambassador Masud met with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Ahmed Khaleel.

During the meeting, the Maldives assured Bangladesh to support an early solution to the Rohingya crisis through the repatriation of the Rohingya to their country of origin.


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“I have seven jobs but I cannot afford to buy a house in the village where I grew up” https://newtoncountymotourism.org/i-have-seven-jobs-but-i-cannot-afford-to-buy-a-house-in-the-village-where-i-grew-up/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 19:33:53 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/i-have-seven-jobs-but-i-cannot-afford-to-buy-a-house-in-the-village-where-i-grew-up/ Play video A 24-year-old man who works seven jobs to buy his first home spoke of his “grief” at being kicked out of the community where he grew up. Elfed Wyn ap Elwyn, of Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd, North Wales, said the village was being taken over by second homes and holiday homes, leaving many young […]]]>



A 24-year-old man who works seven jobs to buy his first home spoke of his “grief” at being kicked out of the community where he grew up.

Elfed Wyn ap Elwyn, of Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd, North Wales, said the village was being taken over by second homes and holiday homes, leaving many young locals unable to buy.

It is understood that people wanting to move to more rural areas or buy desirable vacation homes there are behind the boom – fueled further by the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes as the Welsh government announced its next steps to tackle the impact of second homes on Welsh communities.

The issue was highlighted in a Cooperation agreement between Welsh Labor and Plaid Cymru on Monday.

“Everyone dreams of owning their own home, but a lot of people my age think they just can’t afford it right now,” Elfed told ITV News.

“House prices have increased dramatically where I live. I remember decent houses that sold for £ 60,000 or even £ 50,000 a few years ago. Now – £ 110,000, £ 120,000 and more.

“A lot of these properties are being swallowed up as second homes or rental properties. And it took that piece of the scale – that little house that we could have afforded, and that other young people in my village could have afforded. there are houses which are within the reach of the youngest, but often they do not reach them on time.

“It’s just building lots or houses that number in the hundreds of thousands that we can’t even imagine buying. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”

Elfed, who has 21-year-old partner Anwen, desperately wants to stay in his local community, but says it’s a dream that currently feels out of reach.

He says he rarely has a day off as he aims to raise enough money to buy a modest property.

“I have two gardening jobs; I clean the village hall; I write for a newspaper; I work for a community business and I also work for a hotel, ”he said.

“It’s a miracle to have a day off, which is usually spent on the farm fixing things or helping my dad.

“I try everything [to buy], but I can not. As I rack up a little more money, house prices go up like rockets. “

Elfed said the housing problem was previously more of a problem on the Welsh coast, but more recently it has moved more inland – with farms, pubs, chapels and even tiny cottages in ‘workers who are now considered desirable second or vacation homes.

He welcomed the news that the second home situation will be reviewed, describing it as an “emergency”.

He added: “This has to stop – I’ve had enough. It’s now reached the point where it’s just ridiculous.

“The Welsh communities will wither and die – the language will die.

“I want to have children and put them in the neighborhood school; maintain Sunday school and chapels; do concerts in the hall. You know, keep that sense of community that has been held for so long.

“No one wants a dead community. Everyone loses if that community dies.”

On Tuesday, Dwyfor in Gwynedd was named as the location for a new pilot project to improve the availability – and affordability – of housing for locals.

Welsh Climate Change Minister Julie James has confirmed that the program will bring together a range of actions to tackle the impact that a large number of second homes and short-term holiday rentals can have.

Speaking in Senedd, she said: “We want young people to have a realistic prospect of buying or renting affordable housing in the places where they grew up, so that they can live and work in their local communities. .

“A high number of second homes and holidays in an area can threaten the Welsh language at its heart and affect the sustainability of some rural areas.

“We are a welcoming nation and tourism is a major part of our economy, creating jobs and income in many parts of Wales. But we don’t want ghost villages in seasonal vacation spots – places where no one is home during the winter months.

“These are complex problems and there are no quick fixes. What may be right for one community may not work for another. We will have to come up with a series of actions – there is no quick fix here. “


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Space tourism: Should the flights of Musk, Bezos and Branson be banned to save the Earth? | Science | News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-should-the-flights-of-musk-bezos-and-branson-be-banned-to-save-the-earth-science-news/ Wed, 03 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-should-the-flights-of-musk-bezos-and-branson-be-banned-to-save-the-earth-science-news/ Speaking to the BBC about the space race, William said: “We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world committed to trying to fix this planet, not trying to find the next one. place to live.” On July 11, 70-year-old Sir Richard Branson made history by becoming the first billionaire in space […]]]>

Speaking to the BBC about the space race, William said: “We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world committed to trying to fix this planet, not trying to find the next one. place to live.” On July 11, 70-year-old Sir Richard Branson made history by becoming the first billionaire in space at a reported cost of $841 million, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ spacecraft , Blue Origin, launched nine days later at an estimated cost of $5.5 billion.

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Sir Richard said: “My mum taught me to never give up and aim for the stars.”

A seat in his Virgin Galactic will currently cost you $250,000.

Elon Musk has yet to announce his intention to shoot himself from Earth, but his company SpaceX is widely regarded as the leader of the private space industry, and Mr Musk has said his top priority is to make man an “interplanetary species”.

He added: “I think it is important for humanity to become a space civilization and a multiplanetary species, and it will take a lot of resources to build a city on Mars.

“I want to be able to contribute as much as possible to the city on Mars.

“It just means a lot of capital.”

Jeff Bezos took 82-year-old Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk on his $5.5 billion spaceflight – a woman who had trained as an astronaut in the 1960s but was denied the chance to go into space because of their gender.

Since then, Bezos said he has earned more than $100 million selling tickets to board his rocket.

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That’s $100 million that many scientists believe should have been invested in tackling climate change and other societal issues.

It would cost $6 billion to save 41 million people who are expected to starve by the end of 2021, according to UN World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley.

He wrote on Twitter: “Hey Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, so excited to see you guys competing to see who goes to space first! BUT, I would like to see you TEAM UP to save the 41 million people who are on the verge of starvation this year on Earth! It only takes $6 billion. We can solve this problem quickly!

Former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich tweeted: “Anyone else worried about billionaires having their own private space race as record-breaking heatwaves unleash ‘cloud dragon ‘breathing fire’ and cook sea creatures to death in their shells?”

Others have claimed Mr Bezos could have funded Covid vaccines for two billion people in low-income countries with the money he spent to go into space for four minutes.

It could also have planted up to five billion trees or funded humanitarian efforts in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Yemen and the Horn of Africa combined.

Do you think space tourism should be banned so that the wealth can be channeled towards improving the Earth? Have your say and vote.

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However, space tycoons are also committed to helping save the world.

At COP26 on Tuesday, Mr Bezos pledged $1 billion to fight climate change from his Bezos Earth Fund and said he was working with other philanthropic organizations to protect 30% of land and seas of the Earth by 2030.

He added: “I was told that seeing Earth from space changes the lens through which you see the world, but I was unprepared how true that would be.

“Looking at Earth from up there, the atmosphere seemed so thin, the world so finite and so fragile.

“Now, in this critical year, and what we all know is the breakthrough decade, we must all come together to protect our world.

“Climate change gives us a powerful reason to invest in nature.”

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A few days before Sunday, Prince Charles had met the boss of Amazon at the G20 summit in Rome.

The prince urged Mr Bezos and other corporate giants to invest their staggering wealth to save the planet by turning “fine words” into “finer actions”.

The Duke stressed that governments can invest billions in green solutions, but businesses can invest trillions – and engaging the private sector in the fight against climate change is essential.

Mr Bezos then posted on Instagram: “The Prince of Wales has been involved in the fight against climate change and protecting our beautiful people for five decades – far longer than most.

“We had the opportunity to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 – looking for solutions to heal our world and how the BezosEarthFund can help.”

Considering Amazon is worth $1.7 trillion and Mr. Bezos’ net worth is $195.9 billion, do you think a $1 billion pledge to protect the environment is enough? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Space tourism can help beat climate change https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-can-help-beat-climate-change/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 09:14:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-can-help-beat-climate-change/ Actor William Shatner soared into space this week on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, putting civilian space travel in the global spotlight for the second time in two months. In September, SpaceX took non-professional astronauts on a space flight aboard Inspiration4. With all the challenges on planet Earth, it can seem like a frivolous waste of […]]]>


Actor William Shatner soared into space this week on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, putting civilian space travel in the global spotlight for the second time in two months.

In September, SpaceX took non-professional astronauts on a space flight aboard Inspiration4.

With all the challenges on planet Earth, it can seem like a frivolous waste of money and carbon emissions to send famous and wealthy “tourists” into space for a few moments or days of weightlessness.

But many also dismissed the Wright brothers’ efforts at Kitty Hawk in December 1903 as a disappointing soaring.

In fact, it was a small but crucial first step in the history of flight, which ultimately opened up global travel and connectivity to the masses, which transformed humanity forever.

In the same vein, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are the symbols of the frontier of the second great era of space exploration, one where private industry is in the driver’s seat.

The early era of space exploration saw the United States and Russia invest vast public resources in their space programs, even in the face of domestic issues that demand attention.

But when President Kennedy promised to send Americans to the moon by the late 1960s, he knew it would unleash human potential in ways no one could fully imagine. He was right.

Arc of light spaceship taking off

Eyes in the sky

It is almost entirely thanks to the series of satellites launched by NASA in 1992 that we are even able to accurately measure sea level rise.

The awakening of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was informed by data from dozens of satellites and remote sensing instruments

These “eyes in the sky” are fundamental to our understanding of global warming. monitor the vital signs of our planet: temperature changes, greenhouse gas emissions, soil moisture and glacier movements.

The Carbon Mapper and MethaneSAT projects are expected to deliver new satellites to space that will monitor powerful methane emissions from gas wells, pipelines, refineries and power plants, allowing scientists to pinpoint locations to target with localized emissions mitigation efforts.

Since the dawn of time, it has been inherent in human nature to make room for risky challenges and long shots that allow us to understand ourselves, our planet and the universe in which we inhabit.

Is space travel good for the planet?

Emerging competition in the space industry is crucial to providing the critical mass that will make space operations more affordable and spur a new wave of innovation.

Elon Musk’s satellite broadband company, Starlink, grew out of SpaceX’s pioneering work, with its reusable rockets taking people to and beyond the International Space Station, most recently with Inspiration4 space flights.

Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism business has previously branched out from Virgin Orbit, which aims to make the delivery of small satellites to space cheaper and more sustainable.

This pioneering challenge is part of what drew me to Branson’s quest to launch a space tourism industry and pursue the breakthroughs that might come with it.

When I, along with what were then around 300 other potential astronauts, put our money in 2012 for a Virgin Galactic ticket, we played a role in helping to underwrite and validate the claim for a bold company that perhaps wouldn’t. never seen the light of day. .

William Shatner nods to Bezos’ “lofty ambitions” for space travel in a Blue Origin video posted hours before takeoff,

“Someone has to start. We are only at the beginning, but how miraculous this beginning is and how extraordinary it is to be part of the beginning.

This new era of space exploration is risky and costly, but will offer a net benefit to humanity. This does not mean that we have to turn our gaze to the sky to solve the problems we face on our warming planet. We should aspire to do both.

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Finance climate technology

It is encouraging to see record amounts of funding pouring into climate technology, with Silicon Valley Bank indicating that $ 58 billion will be invested in 2021, surpassing last year’s record of $ 35 billion.

At Aera VC, we have funded companies like Noya, which uses cooling towers common to industry around the world to suck in air and extract carbon dioxide from it.

On a large scale, this technology could have a significant impact on reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Dawn Aerospace, another of our investments, is creating a reusable drone-like spacecraft that will usher in a new era of inexpensive and sustainable orbital access.

Their goal is to be the first spacecraft in history to reach space and return to Earth. twice in a day. They recently completed a series of successful test flights from New Zealand, where I live and work.

Some very ambitious thinkers pursue more ambitious reasons for going further into space, such as mining asteroids for minerals or relocating our polluting industries there.

If we can do this while consciously tackling the resulting space debris without causing chaos to the rest of the solar system, why not?

Since the dawn of time, it has been inherent in human nature to make room for risky challenges and long shots that allow us to understand ourselves, our planet and the universe in which we inhabit.

We must continue to pursue them.

These efforts have culminated in the best times of human endeavor, and will ultimately play a role we cannot even yet comprehend, in meeting the greatest challenge ahead – avoiding catastrophic climate change.

Derek Handley is a future Virgin Galactic passenger and co-founder of Aera VC, an early-growth fund that invests in deep climate and technology projects that accelerate the world toward a sustainable future.


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