Posted: Mar 22, 2022 6:03 pm
by tuco
Did not know where to put this, but its a climate change related fun fact IMO:

Astronomy's contribution to climate change rivals the emissions from some countries

"Just to give you some perspective — 20 million tonnes of CO2 — this is the annual carbon footprint of countries like Estonia, Croatia, or Bulgaria," says Jürgen Knödlseder, an astronomer at IRAP, an astrophysics laboratory in France.


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"Some of our colleagues are a bit shocked by this idea," says Tibaldo. "What we really think is that these options must be on the table. The emergency we are facing is so big and clearly we are playing a role in it with our work."

The astronomers hope that other scientific fields will be inspired to take a similar global inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions from their research infrastructure. "As far as I know," says Knödlseder, "this is the first time that this kind of study has been done for any research field."


https://www.npr.org/2022/03/21/10872036 ... me-countri

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If I was to guess, before reading this, I would probably guess something like a city with a 1mil population.