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XIX. Technological Efficiency And Change

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The technological change is part of the evolution of human society, and as with biological evolution, there is no predetermined outcome guaranteeing positive results, and it is rare that one technological solution will solve all of the problems before it. The discussions on technologies in the areas of ozone depletion, air pollution or climate change, are often linked to the so called 'alternative technology' debates. Apart from some rather ambitious attempts at slowing climate change or air pollution with some ideas closer to science fiction, most of the focus on alternative forms of energy generation have focused on refining and improving 'new', non-carbon based forms of alternative energy supply, which are already existing. These 'new' forms of energy, for the purpose of this chapter, encompass wind, solar, ocean and nuclear technologies.

Keywords: air pollution; alternative technology; biological evolution; climate change; ozone depletion; technological change



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