Around the world: Space, smart farming and climate action
The new space race has encouraged a new sustainability rating and we’re reading all about this week. We’re also wondering if “smart-farmed” labels are in our future and what learnings should be taken from the IPCC climate change report.
The first space sustainability rating is here
The world’s first space sustainability rating (SSR) has been developed to ensure that the rapidly increasing number of space missions launched worldwide (Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson both recently made journeys into space) are managed safely and sustainably.
The SSR, an initiative first conceived by the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Space and developed over the past two years by international partners, will score space missions on their approach to debris mitigation, along with other parameters.
With more satellites being launched each year, the risk of accidents and the creation of more debris continues to rise. The SSR will help to reduce this as well as ensure that missions launched into Earth orbit are sustainable.
Farmers everywhere are being called on to feed more people with fewer resources. With the global population set to balloon to 10 billion in the coming decades, finding a way forward requires a shift in how we think about where our food comes from, going beyond distinctions between conventional and organic agriculture.
A “smart-farmed” label, which reflects a growers’ commitment to using technology, data and AI to manage risk and minimize resources in a world where waste is no longer an option, could help consumers to make better choices.