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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during an Action on Forests and Land Use event on day three of COP26 on Tuesday in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Steve Reigate - Pool/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in the world, made a climate philanthropy pledge to spend $2 billion on restoring natural habitats and transforming food systems in a speech at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Why it matters: This is in addition to the $1 billion for conservation and biodiversity the Bezos Earth Fund committed to in September.

Yes, but: Bezos' fund has quickly become a very large presence in climate giving, and he's planning to allocate $10 billion by 2030, Axios' Ben Geman notes.

Of note: The Bezos Earth Fund, along with the European Union and 10 countries, signed on to the Congo Basin Pledge at COP26 to mobilize $1.5 billion to protect forests, peatlands and other critical carbon stores.

What he's saying: In his speech, Bezos emphasized his earlier pledge for Amazon to reach carbon neutrality in 2040 and noted that the company "aims to power all its operations by renewable energies by 2025."

  • Bezos also spoke of how his flying to suborbital space in July reinforced his commitment to tackling climate change.
  • "I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens from which you view the world but I was not prepared for just how much that would be true," he said.

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Nov 23, 2021 - Science

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to send Michael Strahan to space

“Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan at the 90th Academy Awards in March 2018. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin announced Tuesday it will send former NFL player and “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan to space along with another honorary guest and four paying customers during an upcoming flight.

Why it matters: The mission, set for Dec. 9, will add the list of celebrities Blue Origin has flown into suborbital space in high-profile launches, coming just weeks after the company carried actor William Shatner and three other astronauts during its second human mission.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Nov 23, 2021 - Science

How space sticks in the minds of amateur astronauts

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Coming back to Earth from orbit has been marked by a loss of anonymity, packed days and little time for reflection for the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew.

Why it matters: The astronauts' celebrity status is a sign amateur spacefaring hasn't arrived. The public still reveres those who take on the risks and rewards of space travel.

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Updated Nov 24, 2021 - Science

NASA probe launches on mission to redirect an asteroid

Photo: NASA

A NASA spacecraft called DART has launched on a journey to change the orbit of an asteroid in deep space.

Why it matters: The mission is designed to test technology that could one day be used to change the course of a dangerous asteroid if one is ever found on a collision course with Earth.