As the understanding of the impact of humans on the earth’s limited natural resources continues to develop, green technology strives to answer questions about how we can respond in a responsible manner. Green technology, or sustainable technology, is simply the practical application of taking what we know and using it to bring innovation for what we want to see in the future.
Even over the last few decades, our awareness of the ways in which human population growth, use of natural resources, and carbon footprint has spurred technological developments. But the story of environmentally sound innovations has been telling itself for over a century. As far back as the late 1800s, innovators were creating and putting into use windmills for irrigation in the prairies, solar panels for water heating in California, and electric cars–specifically taxi cabs–in New York City. Continue reading »
Unlike computer technology or Information Technology (IT) which has been growing exponentially in development, Green Technology is actually based upon materials science. With the purpose of reducing the green house effect and global warming, environmental technology has much of its backing and research related to simple earth science.
Green technology answers questions of how things grow, what impact they have on the earth, how natural resources can be turned into fuel, and how certain resources can be reused (hopefully again and again) to reduce waste and pollution. Scientists working in the field of Green Technology study and research various topics such as energy efficiency, the environment, sustainability, conservation, recycling, and re-purposing. Continue reading »
While harnessing solar and wind power has been an environmentally-conscious activity for over a century, many other sustainable green technology practices are fairly new. As these advances continue to move forward, only time will tell if they will eventually find themselves as a standard in the average American household, or if they will fall by the wayside in light of newer and better modernization. Continue reading »