Throughout history, technology has played a key role when it comes to climatic change. The first impact of tech on our world was in the 1880s. During the 2nd Industrial Revolution – the Tech Revolution – coal was used to generate electricity for the factories, and homes.
At that time, this was seen as a miracle, an advancement with only positive news for humanity. People didn’t know about its consequences quite yet. Where tech has made the lives of its users easier, it has led to climate changes and has played quite a part in our planets’ condition.
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In the case of this article, the technology we’re referring to refers to all machines and devices that are developed for practical purposes using scientific knowledge. New technologies are revolutionizing the way we live but at the same time, they could be leading us into the depths of a climatic catastrophe.
There is a catch behind all these new technologies that we are developing, so it is a duty and moral obligation to ensure that the technological advancements of today keep an eye on their impact on climate in future. Humans in 1880 didn’t know the harmful consequences of the technologies they were developing – but we do, and it is our duty to ensure all the tech advancements in the 21st century are greener.
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Let’s take a further look at how tech has influenced climate change through time.
Burning of Fossil Fuels
In the 1880s, when coal was used to generate electricity, it was done so on a small scale. However, by 1962, coal was the main fossil fuel that was being used to produce energy. Thankfully, scientists were able to discover the harsh and harmful impacts of fossil fuels.
Unfortunately, we can’t stop using coal and natural gas to produce energy – we can only reduce the production rates. However, the volume of tech gadgets being produced each day only increases resource consumption, which leads to the burning of even more fossil fuels.
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Over Use of Transportation
With the help of planes, trains, ships, and cars, we can travel easily all over the globe – However, this has led to an increase in harmful pollutants. According to reports, various forms of transportation are responsible for over 1/3 of the climate deteriorating emissions.
With the increase in population, the number of vehicles, drivers, and travelers will continue to increase. Although, new tech advancements in electric vehicles will surely help to reduce the levels of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
New tech policies are required to ensure that the tech that was supposed to be there to help us, won’t be the biggest problem creator. This is what the environmental defense fund is for – to ensure that technological developments employ energy efficient practices and techniques to help combat climate change.
When an excessive amount of gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, etc. are introduced in huge amounts into the atmosphere, air pollution occurs. The main sources of all these harmful gases are the factories that are trying to make our lives better.
We have all heard of the greenhouse gas effect which is being created by greenhouse gas emissions. The air pollution that has been caused due to technological innovation has led to the loss of animals, and species who are becoming extinct, which is a major environmental issue.
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All the water bodies around the globe, including lakes, rivers, seas, oceans, etc., are becoming contaminated due to human activities. The water pollutants are effluents from the industry, insecticides, pesticides, domestic waste, etc., and are causing a lot of environmental issues.
All this is leading to the degradation of various aquatic ecosystems, according to reports and data of the famous international energy agency, WWF.
Resource depletion means that the rate at which a particular resource is being consumed is higher than the rate at which it is being replenished. Natural sources are both renewable resources and non-renewable. Humans are consuming non-renewable supplies at high-rates – over-mining of fossil fuels, deforestation, soil erosion, aquifer depletion, etc. are all examples of resource depletion due to over-consumption.
Renewable or as it is most commonly known, clean energy, comes from renewable supplies like wind, rain, waves, tides, etc. With the help of modern tech, we will be able to use these supplies to fulfill the power needs of the world population. It is important to see how it affects the global needs.
What we need to do is not stop using tech – that is next to impossible. However, we can use tech and innovation in an environmentally friendly and safe way.
Development of New Tech – Final Word
With a growing population and limited supplies, we need sustainable forms of technologies that will help fulfill human needs. Reducing Methane emissions, cutting our carbon footprints, and being environmentally-friendly in general will make sure that we can keep enjoying the perks of tech innovations while keeping our planet safe and healthy.
The impact of technology on the environment has been extremely negative. But this can be changed with the use of the right tech approaches. Major corporations are dedicating supplies and funds to the wind and solar tech, we are on the right path to reducing global warming. Even though tech has negatively impacted the environment, the only way to correct those negative and harmful impacts is through tech as well.