We are living at a critical time, both for humanity and the whole planet. Increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and subsequent warming of the planet is only one challenge we are facing. The other issues include loss of natural habitat, shrinking of agricultural land and depleting the supply of fresh water which needs to increase to support a population that is rising and will be over 9 billion by 2050. Acidification of ocean and its shrinking biodiversity and deforestation all have lead to environmental crisis. However, the thought is being put into when it comes to how to save our environment and ourselves from manmade climate. Technological innovations and economic development can help do that.
Some believe that technology, in general, hurts the environment, but thanks to some forms of technology, the world is becoming a better place a little at a time.
Here are few of the technologies that are helping to make the planet Earth a better place for you and me.
Some of the most recognised and important eco-friendly technology advancements in recent years have been in the energy sector. Renewable energy provides reliable energy from a variety of sources like wind, sun and hydro. These energy sources have become widespread as well as cheaper helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions that damage the atmosphere. The technological improvements have made renewable more efficient.
Tree Root Protection
As we all know that forest cover is depleting at an alarming rate, so it becomes essential that we plant more trees in the urban area. The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy has set out a blueprint for achieving this. However, there are challenges such as the boulevard and specimen trees live for less than 20 years and the tree service providers say that it is not big enough to provide the ecological services that we want it to provide. The technology called Silva Cells which is a post and beam system that transfers a load of urban infrastructure from tree root zones to the soil below. Meaning that soil in which trees grow can be less compacted allowing better root growth which in turn allows trees to live long enough to create an urban forest to reduce stormwater runoff, boost energy efficiency in building and clean out the air. Tree care jobs can help implement this technology in your garden.
Technology is also helping the Earth by protecting wildlife. In areas where poachers hunt endangered animals, conservationists have begun using drones to keep an eye on the area. The drones cover vast distances making it difficult for those hunting illegally to get away with breaking the law. The government also uses GPS to understand the migration patterns, behaviour and habitat changes. The Environmental Simulation Testing helps ensure new products and technologies are up to standards before they hit the market and start to affect our planet.
Technology can help us to use less, power our lives differently and be more aware of our effect on the environment. Technology can be a part of the solution or part of the problem, so we need to find more and more ways to ensure that tech helps us save the Earth rather than harming it.