More on the tragedy of the space commons
Posted by Rich Sweeney on February 19, 2009
Last year I wrote about the costly exernalities associated with the US’s decision to blow up a defucnt satellite instead of removing it from orbit. In today’s NYTimes, James Clay Moltz details the increasingly unstable nature of current space use practices. While we’re probably a long way away from establishing near space property rights, we clearly need some sort of international agreement which partially internalizes the social costs of cluttering the sky with trash.