Can technology solve environmental problems?

Published on : 29 April 20202 min reading time

In view of the destruction and progressive pollution of the environment, researchers are trying to find technological solutions to remedy this scourge. The idea of using technology to solve environmental problems is being debated at the level of several entities. However, there are serious questions as to whether this concept would be a better option.

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There are some thoughts that technology may be partly responsible for environmental degradation. Indeed, environmental problems are both human and technical in nature. As a result, some characters think that environmental problems could only be solved at the human and technical level, hence the implication of technology. This is why the inventors have proposed new environmental technologies such as algae, marine energy and new forms of transport such as electric cars. Several environmentalists are convinced that modern technology, to mention only drones and big data, can help solve various environmental problems.

Technology and development

Although the tide is now blowing towards the green world, technology would be an innovative way to make this possible. This can be achieved by combining ecology with modern technology to achieve economic growth. On the one hand, some people speculate about the scarcity of certain resources such as lithium, which is used in electronic batteries. We can also highlight the case of silicon used in the manufacture of photovoltaic panels. On the other hand, researchers believe that there is an efficient solution such as coal. Coal promotes the greenhouse effect and was first replaced by oil, then by nuclear energy before it became a recyclable resource.

Technology and the environment, two complex concepts nonetheless

It is true that technological progress could alleviate environmental problems by proposing efficient and sustainable solutions. Moreover, the efficiency of technology is increasingly proven in the ecological field. However, we can see that the deployment of modern technologies does not, in the immediate future, meet the needs of the environment. Initially, the technology is aimed at achieving an economic issue to increase or gain market share. Only then does it tend to solve environmental problems. However, it may well be that in the future, technology may be able to address nuclear waste management, for example. However, if the solution comes too late, the world could be completely destroyed.

Technological innovation at the service of sustainable development

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