The Effect of Technology on the Environment

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The Effect Of Technology On The Environment|
Nishant S. Manohar|
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GENTECH 3TO3|
11/16/2012|
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Table of Contents

Introduction3
Chernobyl Disaster7
Technology & Failure7
Accident9
Prevention10
The BP Oil Spill11
Technology, Failure & Prevention11
The Bhopal Disaster14
Technology, Failure & Prevention14
Three Mile Island Accident16
Technology, Failure & Prevention16
Seveso Disaster19
Technology, Failure & Prevention19
Conclusion21
References22

Introduction

“More and more Americans feel threatened by runaway technology, by large-scale organization, by overcrowding. More and more Americans are appalled by the ravages of industrial progress, by the defacement of nature, by man-made ugliness. If our society continues at its present rate to become less livable as it becomes more affluent, we promise all to end up in sumptuous misery.” - John W. Gardner

Technology changes almost from a day to day basis. The world today is fully and completely dependent on technology. From the pencil we use to write with, to the satellites that revolve around our planet, all is due to technology. Rapid growth of technology in the near future is almost inevitable. Technology keeps the world going. But the society today relies too much on technology and it is something that will only keep increasing exponentially. Below are just a few graphs illustrating the following point.

Graph 1: Use of Technology (Internet Resources)

Graph 2: Mobile Users in %

Graph 3: Internet Users

Although the era of technology has benefitted the society and the world, it has certainly had its downfalls. Our dependency on technology as led to many great disasters and caused many lives in the process. A disaster caused by technology also known as Technology-caused disaster is very frequently and in most cases less perceptible to the society in general than natural disasters. It is definitely less observable so than a human-caused event. The expenditures regarding the recovery of the damages caused by these environmental disasters are definitely undetermined. This is mainly because of the length of time recovery that it will take to actually clean-up the entire problem and absolutely the costs retaining to or attributable to the disaster. Just similar to the several natural disasters that have occurred in the recent century, the victims of these technology-caused disasters are often people with: * Limited resources

* Live in undesirable locations
* Have no political presence or power

It is because of these various vulnerabilities, that several lives are affected when such a disaster occurs which in the first place are caused by humans and the technology we create. Technology-caused disasters are complicated and affect several factors such as: * Families or property

* Employment
* Economic development
* Tax bases
* Politics and multiple levels of government

The society or group that generally supports action may be accused of taking the issues too far at the cost of the local economic well-being and may find them threatened or isolated. Some of the world’s worst environmental disasters are caused due to technology failures and in most cases these disasters could have easily been prevented if it wasn’t for the carelessness and ignorance of the society and the dependency on technology that we have. Listed below are few of many great disasters that have occurred throughout the world in the past century, due to technology and its failures.

Chernobyl Disaster

The massive explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant station was unquestionably the world's greatest nuclear accident. This incident took place on April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The map on the right shows the exact location of the city where the accident took place. This was a catastrophic nuclear disaster and was listed as one of the worst and...
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