Technology could be blamed for many of the environmental problems we face today. It’s no coincidence that unprecedented increases in greenhouse gases began around the time of the Industrial Revolution. So what role does technology now play in solving those problems? As it becomes an increasingly large part of our everyday lives, it’s no surprise that technology is also becoming a more central part of the way we try to solve some of our planet’s biggest environmental challenges.
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Image: Images of the ozone hole before, at the time of, and after the Montreal Protocol. As of 2018, NASA has confirmed that the ozone hole is recovering thanks to technological innovation that allowed us to reduce CFC emissions, and the international agreement that required countries to do so. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory