4 Ways in Which Technology Can Save Our Planet
By Diana Smith
While a lot of people see the future of technology and the future of our planet as something conflicted, in truth, technology is probably the only path towards the salvation of the ecosystem. Sure, some believe that in order for this to work, we must change our habits as a species, but with almost 7.5 billion people out there, even this might not be enough. Luckily, there are more than few revolutionary inventions that may help bridge this gap and make our cohabitation with this planet much ‘greener’ than it currently is. Here are four of them.
Massive air purifiers
When we say the word air purifier, what we usually have in mind is a tiny household device, but can such an invention be applied on a larger scale. There is no reason why this shouldn’t be possible. A perfect example of this is the gigantic structure in Beijing used to convert pollution into diamonds. This isn’t nearly as Sci-Fi as it looks seeing how 40 percent of the collected smog consists of carbon. With enough of it collected and just the right amount of pressure, such a thing can be done. In other words, aside from making the air in urban environments cleaner, this trend can also bring down the overall price of the diamonds on the market. A win-win scenario if you ask some.
Alternative sources of oil
Even though it’s not the optimal source of energy, the reality is that our world still runs on oil. Today, however, scientists have found a way to turn any carbon-based waste into oil through a complex process called thermal depolymerization. This could not only solve the imminent resource-shortage crisis but also provide us with an alternative approach to waste reduction. In this way, it could have an unprecedented impact on both our society and the environment as a whole.
Harnessing the power of the ocean
Hydroelectric power plants are a concept that has been used for a century and a half but are we truly exploiting the full potential of hydroelectricity? The answer to this question is a resounding – No. You see, Gulf Stream alone is more powerful than all the rivers on the planet combined. Building a potent power plant on its path and harnessing its power would, therefore, yield the unprecedented results. There are numerous ideas on how this could be done and most of them include the use of underwater turbines. Still, what future direction will this notion take remains to be seen.
Finally, in the introduction, we already talked about changing our lifestyle in order to save the planet. Well, the notion of zero-energy houses represents a perfect symbiosis between technology and individual effort to make this world just a bit eco-friendlier. This principle, however, rests on two basic notions. The first one is the reduction of energy consumption made by private property – through the installation of double-glazing windows, proper insulation and purchase of low-power appliances. The second one lies in allowing your home to produce its own energy. For this, however, you will need some solar panels on the rooftop and a Tesla battery. Some may frown in the face of this investment, but it is one that is bound to pay off over the course of years.
Although this may sound a bit pessimistic, the good will to make the change sometimes isn’t enough. Sometimes, what you need are the adequate tools to make all of this work. Sure, technology brought us countless factories, highly-polluting automotive industry and oil rigs, but in the future, it may also bring us solutions to many of these problems. This, nonetheless, requires one to stay open-minded about the numerous upcoming inventions.