The case for space environmentalism

  title={The case for space environmentalism},
  author={Andy Lawrence and Meredith L. Rawls and Moriba K. Jah and Aaron C. Boley and Federico Di Vruno and Simon T. Garrington and Michael Kramer and Samantha M. Lawler and James D. Lowenthal and John McDowell and Mark J. Mccaughrean},
  journal={Nature Astronomy},
The shell bound by the Karman line at a height of ~80–100km above the Earth's surface, and Geosynchronous Orbit, at ~36,000km, is defined as the orbital space surrounding the Earth. It is within this region, and especially in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), where environmental issues are becoming urgent because of the rapid growth of the anthropogenic space object population, including satellite ‘mega-constellations’. In this Perspective, we summarise the case that the orbital space around the Earth… 

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