Importance of science and technology for the environment

Global warming is becoming an increasingly important issue on the political and public agenda and is heavily linked to developments in science and technology.

Some existing benefits of technology

The introduction of computer systems into both the home and work environments has eradicated the need to have reams of paper files; in the long-run these simple changes will have a considerable impact on the environment and help to preserve forests. Recycling technology will also help to eliminate waste.

New developments

While technology is blamed for much of the pollution that contributes to global warming, it may also provide the solution to the problem. Research into new methods of generating power and electricity is abundant; experts hope to find cleaner, renewable sources of energy to replace the finite supply of fossil fuels and reduce global warming and climate change. New methods such as wind turbines, solar power and hydro-electric power are under scrutiny and are constantly subject to trails to improve the efficiency of existing systems.

Every day, new research is being conducted to improve the systems involved in the modern world. New systems of removing waste and improving the efficiency of the distribution of electricity, for example, may benefit many people in the future by cutting emissions and improving efficiency. Projects such as those involving cars that run on cleaner fuels may also significantly change the way we live in the future; energy efficient products such as light bulbs will also contribute to making the environment cleaner.

Helping the developing world

One of the principal reasons behind the significant gap between the developing world and the developed world is a lack of technology. The developed world is heavily reliant on technology which makes life much easier and production much more efficient. Technology is lacking in developing countries and this contributes to widespread poverty and a lack of basic amenities such as clean, running water and food supplies.

New technology which will boost food production, improve infrastructure, improve healthcare and provide sanitation facilities could dramatically change the quality of life in the developing world. With the help of charitable organisations and Government leaders from developed countries, this kind of technology is gradually being introduced into developing countries.