The Environmental Hazards of Technology Includes Bibliography

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We are all responsible for what happens in this world. As technology expands so does the environmental effect on our society. We have become a 'throw away' society. Due to our excessive consumption practices, most of what we use today, in turn, ends up in landfills tomorrow. Though we would like to place the blame of the destruction of the world's rain forests, the ozone layer and pollution on technology, truth is, the fault lies within the scope of all of society. The easiest, cheapest, quickest, most profitable solutions to our needs and wants is what society strives for - at the costs of the ecology and our lives as we now know them. Unless we make drastic changes in our every day lives and learn to use technology to help us now, there will be no world, as we know it for our grandchildren and their grandchildren to live and enjoy life in.

Tropical rain forests are the most precious biological resource on earth. Although the rain forests account for less than seven percent of the total land surfaces on earth, they contain more than half of the world's plants, animal and insect species. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is located in the Amazon basin alone. Tropical rain forests are the "Lungs of our Planet." They absorb more carbon dioxide, recycling the gases into oxygen, therefore reducing the negative impacts on our world. In the areas of the rain forests, it is estimated that over twenty percent of the oxygen is produced by the rain forest itself. The continued destruction of the world's rain forests will adversely affect the ozone layer because carbon dioxide in the atmosphere contributes to the destruction of the ozone layer.

Ozone is a form of oxygen. The ozone layer surrounds the earth and...