The use of space–based satellites to study environmental conditions on Earth is an important development in the conse...

Caroline on April 7, 2021

Why is the answer A and not B?

What is wrong with B?

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Victoria on April 8, 2021

Hi @capoleway@gmail.com

Happy to help!

The author concludes that it is not surprising that environmentalists fail to consider the negative effects of space flight.

Why? Because space-based satellites allow for earlier observation of environmental issues meaning that these issues can be addressed before they become crises.

Answer choice (B) is incorrect because the author suggests the opposite in their final sentence, noting that the damage spacecraft may cause to the ozone layer "could be serious enough to warrant discontinuing space flight."

Answer choice (A) is correct because it directly supports the author's conclusion.

People (environmentalists) tend to ignore possible objectionable consequences (impacts of spacecraft) of actions (space flight) that support their activities (conservation and addressing environmental issues).

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

on September 17 at 01:32AM

I ruled out A because "tends to ignore" sounds stronger and more of a conscious decision than "fails to consider"

Emil on September 17 at 05:20AM

While there might be a slight difference in degree of intentionality in those phrases, they are clearly pointing in the same direction, and are expressing more or less the same idea. I think it's critical to recognize that the ideas expressed are infinitely more important that the wording, and that an idea can be expressed in a number of different ways. Here, we could absolutely describe someone who is ignoring something as failing to consider that thing.