HomeAstronomyCarbon footprint of huge astronomy observatories raises climate change concerns

Carbon footprint of huge astronomy observatories raises climate change concerns

Astronomers in the future may not be able to build large complex power-hungry observatories if they want to reduce their carbon footprint in line with greenhouse gas emission requirements, a study suggests.

Powerful ground and space-based telescopes, such as the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope or the Square Kilometer Array Observatory  (SKAO) currently being built in Australia and South Africa, come with large life-time carbon footprints that pushes up astronomy’s overall greenhouse gas emissions.

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