Technology development and its impact on climate change

There is no doubt that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and what is indisputable is that we - humans - are the main cause of environmental degradation.

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The industrial revolution made life more comfortable, enjoyable, and sophisticated, but without considering the long-term consequences for what is around us, after moving to new manufacturing processes in Europe and the US from 1760 to today, and as a result of our use of new technologies with tremendous power, and the continuation of industrialization and progress technology in developed countries around the world.

Revolution and its technologies have harmed our world in two main ways: air pollution from fossil fuels, factories, power plants, collective farming, and cars, which increased greenhouse gases in the air, retained thermal energy in the Earth's atmosphere, and raised global temperature; and water pollution from human activities, such as domestic and industrial liquid waste.

Another drawback is deforestation. The World Bank claimed that worldwide forests lost 1.3 million square kilometers between 1990 and 2015, and following the huge fires in the green sector in numerous nations, the figure grew. These are only a few instances of unconsidered human consumption.

Consequences and dire warnings

Despite the alarm bells gazing at the globe, powerful leaders are hesitant to take serious action to control global warming. Participants at the "COP 26" climate meeting in Glasgow called discussions arduous and uncomfortable. From rapid shifts in coal and gas use, particularly by large industrial powers and fossil fuel-dependent nations.

The 2016 Paris Agreement could not force most nations to fight climate change and maintain the global average temperature below two degrees Celsius. Again, for the environment, but as a backup (B) plan if the land is destroyed and unlivable. Thus, they increase space exploration and housing seeking activities.

Weather control technology

At a time when large areas are suffering from drought as a result of climate change, the Chinese authorities succeeded in controlling the weather earlier this year, in a climate practice that some consider controversial, as the process focused on generating artificial rain two hours before an official event to ensure clear skies.

The seeding process involves adding chemicals, such as tiny particles of silver iodide, to clouds. Researchers have confirmed that cloud seeding technology has contributed to reducing air pollution, and it is also a viable way to solve drought problems around the world. However, on the other side of the equation, some people find in this technology an unacceptable manipulation of the weather, and its negative results will appear sooner or later.

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