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Harvesting space for a greener Earth

Author: Gregory L Matloff; Constance Bangs; Les Johnson
Publisher: New York : Springer, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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What was our planet like in years past? How has our civilization affected Earth and its ecology? Harvesting Space for a Greener Planet, the Second Edition of Paradise Regained: The Regreening of the Earth, begins by discussing these questions, and then generates a scenario for the restoration of Earth. It introduces new and innovative ideas on how we could use the Solar System and its resources for terrestrial  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory L Matloff; Constance Bangs; Les Johnson
ISBN: 1461494257 9781461494256 1461494273 9781461494270
OCLC Number: 885201660
Notes: First edition published in 2010 under title: Paradise regained : the regreening of Earth.
Description: xv, 277 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Mythical paradise. Introduction : welcome to the present --
Space utilization : a moral imperative --
The formation of earth and the solar system --
Earth before people : utopia or nightmare? --
Paradise lost? The environmental dilemma : progress or collapse? --
An exploding population --
Climate change --
Vanishing life --
Diminishing energy --
Humans before the industrial age : a desirable ecological goal? --
Sky harvest. Raw materials from space --
Power from the sun --
Environmental monitoring from space --
Protecting earth --
Mitigating global warming using planetary engineering --
Mitigating global warming using space-based approaches --
Settling the solar system --
An optimistic future --
Afterword : why space advocates and environmentalists should work together --
Appendix 1. The current NASA approach to human life support in space --
Appendix 2. NASA's current plans for human exploration above low earth orbit include the multi-purpose crewed vehicle (Orion) and the huge space launch system (SLS) booster --
Appendix 3. Mitigating global warming using ground-based (terrestrial) geoengineering --
Appendix 4. Mitigating global warming using space-based geoengineering.
Responsibility: Greg Matloff, C. Bangs, Les Johnson.

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This book provides information on the planning of space initiatives that can help humans tap the riches of the Solar System. This second edition examines recent developments and space launches as  Read more...

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