There is little doubt that we produce rubbish, whatever you call it.
The doubt it about is:-
What we ought to do to stop producing it.
What we ought to do with what we do produce.
These are very fundamental questions and the answers depend very much upon what you are actually looking at.
Back in the 80s we started, slowly, after California’s lead to reduce the lead in our petrol and therefore less harmful emissions.
Currently we’re are looking at the emissions of diesels.
To the extent that we’re looking at banning all petrol and diesel engine cars.
We’re haranguing plastics for the terrible things they’re doing to the sea life. I might contend that it’s not the plastics at fault, it’s the lack of care we (humans) show in disposing of them. Alas, there do seem to be thousands of tonnes of them, for every country.
We are ardently trying to reduce to reduce the amount we put into land fill.
I am a great believer in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, wherever we can.
Bit one of my greatest fears, in the long term …
It would appear, on the surface, to be beyond our vision. However, up there in the skies, there are tonnes and tonnes of rubbish.
The space refuse is flying around at freely. In 2009 an impact of space debris happened at a comparative speed of 26,170 mph. At that speed a spec of paint could cause immense damage.
The force being equal to the mass of the item, multiplied, by the square of the speed.
Today, there is an innumerable amount of ‘space debris’ all of it potential of destroying life as we know it.
We all rely on satellites, far more than we may know, or be prepared to admit.
Whether it be live broadcast on television, from the next county, country or the other side of the world
Satellite television to our hones – those with dishes
Our Mobile ‘phones
Satellites are increasingly a part of our lives.
Imagine the potential damage of one of them hit by a spec of paint at over 26 thousand miles per hour …
Now consider what happens when one of these satellites, in a decaying orbit, fall to earth !
Or an asteroid …
We have experienced falling meteoroids before, and thankfully they tend to burn up before hit earth.
Meteor crater in Arizona
But the real danger to satellites and the astronauts is the amount of space debris.
Until we clean up the at problem – the way of life as we know it today is seriously at risk !
A spec of paint that can shatter toughened glass puts astronauts at terminal risk.
With more than 170 million debris smaller than 1 cm (0.4 in), about 670,000 debris 1–10 cm, and around 29,000 larger debris were estimated to be in orbit. Estimates in July 2013). We have a lot to be concerned about. And whilst we’re looking at cleaning up the oceans – we ought to be concerned about cleaning up the rubbish we’ve left in space.
This article has no conclusion, because, to date there is no conclusion to the problem of Space debris other than it is a problem, that IS going to get worse