Is “Relatively Clean” Spaceflight, Clean Enough?

Is “Relatively Clean” Spaceflight, Clean Enough?

In the span of two weeks, two of the world’s richest men blasted off to suborbital space with the intended goal of promoting commercial spaceflight. This past week, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos took his trip on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. This prompted questions about the environmental impact of private space travel.  The […]

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Amazon Employees Petition Company to Prioritize Communities of Color

Amazon Employees Petition Company to Prioritize Communities of Color

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Six hundred and forty Amazon tech and corporate employees have signed a petition urging the company to raise its emissions goals and address the disproportionate impact its emissions have on communities of color. The petition, organized by Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, comes in response to Amazon successfully persuading the Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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Space Tourism — the Final Commercial Frontier — Blasts Off This Summer click button

Space Tourism — the Final Commercial Frontier — Blasts Off This Summer

Jeff Bezos’ commercial space venture, Blue Origin, plans to launch its first crewed ship to space on July 20, aboard its suborbital space tourism rocket, New Shepard. The company announced on Wednesday that one seat aboard that flight will be auctioned off to support its Club for the Future Foundation

Why this Matters:  After much anticipation, space tourism is finally happening.  Really. 

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One Cool Thing: Fireflies in Space

One Cool Thing: Fireflies in Space

When a second-grade class wondered what would happen if a firefly went to space (would it still be able to light up in zero gravity?) their teacher, Maggie Samudio, helped them get the answer by helping her students send an experiment to space. As the New York Times reported, Blue Origin, the rocket company started […]

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Amazon Launches $2B Clean Tech Venture Fund

Amazon Launches $2B Clean Tech Venture Fund

Yesterday, online retail giant Amazon announced its  Climate Pledge Fund–a $2 billion that will invest in companies that develop innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions. As the Verge explained, The fund will help Amazon and other companies adhere to The Climate Pledge initiative it started in September 2019. That pledge committed the company, and others […]

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Tweet of the Week: Amazon employees demand climate action at shareholder meeting

Tweet of the Week: Amazon employees demand climate action at shareholder meeting

Today is Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting. Nearly 7,700 Amazon employees signed their name publicly asking Bezos and the board to adopt our climate change resolution. Employees want to LEAD on the climate crisis. A thread on our historic, collective action 👇 https://t.co/9hdFAJTmGL — Emily Cunningham (@emahlee) May 22, 2019 After nearly 8,000 Amazon employees signed […]

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