After China, Italy has been the second-hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic racing around the world. In an effort to staunch the number of cases, the Italian government severely restricted travel this week in northern Italy—the pandemic epicentre for the country—before extending restrictions to the entire country.
A pair of decommissioned satellites are at risk of colliding Thursday, potentially producing hundreds if not thousands of new pieces of space debris. Regardless of what happens, however, this incident illustrates our dire need for sensible space management practices.
The bushfire crisis isn’t limited to Australia—it’s coming for the entire Southern Hemisphere atmosphere, too.