Technology that studies Earth from space plays a critical role in humanity’s future.
The Space Age is little more than half a century old, but it clearly marks a pivotal era in world history. It has profoundly shifted humanity’s view of itself, from a society bound by competing political blocs toward a more holistic panorama. The global economic and social benefits of space technology and science are profound: The study of Earth from space allows human beings to analyze and help conserve the planet’s dwindling natural resources. Space technology provides valuable information about weather and navigation, and satellite communications bring people closer together. The space industry – one of the world’s fastest growing sectors – exerts a powerful gravitational force, pulling many other commercial and societal aspects into its orbit. This comprehensive and nuanced report from the World Economic Forum is a fascinating must-read that getAbstract highly recommends to all policy makers, executives, NGO leaders and environmentalists.
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- How the space industry contributes to global social and economic welfare;
- Why governments need to protect space-based technology; and
- How space assets affect global communications, education and health, food, human rights, Arctic governance, natural resources, the study and monitoring of climate change, and more.
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