The world continues to step into space, but the rise of a commercial space tourism industry threatens our planet's
climate. The most recent research
suggests that even a conservative estimate of the number of rocket launches
possible in the coming years and decades will drastically affect the earth's
climate. Neither space law nor current environmental law
respond sufficiently to the environmental threat posed by the nacent space tourism industry. This Field Report discusses the threat and the United States' opportunity
to problem-solve at the industry's birth, before the damage is done.