While technology and our keen sense of mind have led us to where we are today, it is also no hidden fact that our needs and over-consumption of resources is rendering our planet almost uninhabitable with each passing day. While we cannot reverse this effect but we can certainly try our bit and save the environment from further damage. As per a report by the United Nations, it is believed that by the year 2025, an additional population of 2.9 billion people will seriously dwindle our limited water supplies and the world’s energy needs will go up by 60% by 2030. In this post, we look at 5 major technologies that can help save our environment for a better future for mankind:
- The Ocean Cleanup drive:
Cleaning up the oceans is no easy task. Even with proper provisions, collecting the immense amount of plastic floating in the seas would cost billions of dollars. The answer to this, The Ocean Cleanup. This was started by a 17-year-old teenager back in 2014 when he went on a diving trip to Greece but all he could find in the seas instead of fishes was plastic. The teenager, Boyan Slat came up with an innovative solution to collect pieces of plastic. Plastic usually floats on the top of the ocean surface and moves rapidly along with the currents. This can be accumulated with the help of solid floating barriers and platform that are anchored to the seabed. This allows the plastic trash to be accumulated while marine animals can swim unimpeded under the barriers. There have been small-scale testing until now with this latest eco-friendly technology being slated for a full-scale deployment by 2019.
- Organic batteries:
Almost all the things we use today on a daily basis requires the use of batteries for instance laptops, smartphones and even our motorbikes and cars. Most of these batteries in use today contains a combination of lead, acid, lithium and other harmful ingredients that are bad for the environment. While conventional battery technologies are an alternative but their costs creates a huge roadblock. However, researchers in the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy is coming up with a new eco-friendly technology and is funding an organic flow battery in conjunction with the researchers at Harvard University. They are in the process of devising organic batteries which are capable of storing larger amounts of energy. The metals being used in the production of these batteries is cheap as these batteries make use of organic molecules thereby reducing their costs.
The use of oil in our daily lives and across industries can hardly be debated but it is also a harsh fact that the drilling of oil has a negative impact on the environment. Using oil leads to more carbon emissions, most of which comes from producing of oil. Drilling of oil is also an expensive endeavor with millions of dollars of equipment being needed in order to extract it which then needs to be filtered properly via a chemical process to make it into gasoline. Needless to say, this process releases more toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. Enter the Thermo-depolymerization technology, a revolutionary method that allows making oil from almost anything be it garbage, organic material, tires etc. This will not only help us produce more oil but will also help turn our waste materials into something valuable.
- Pollinating drones:
Many of us don’t realize the effects of birds, butterflies, and bees in our lives. Everything that we consume on a daily basis including chocolate, coffee, and vegetables are all effects of pollination. More than 70% of the crops consumed by humans come from pollinators like birds and bees. These insect pollinators are however facing an imminent danger in the form of extinction. The solution to these if we come across a situation like this is in the form of pollinating drones being created by researchers in Japan who are testing small drones to carry pollen from one plant to another. Recent tests have been largely successful but the prospect seems hopeful for now. While the birds and bees take care of our surroundings, you ought to take care of your home as well as your garden. For the latest home & garden products, check out gtech offer codes to grab yourself some discounts on all the latest environment-friendly accessories.
- Renewable energy:
Our dependency on fossil fuels has led to a significant reduction in the natural resources. Making use of renewable sources and eco-friendly technology is perhaps our best hope to provide mankind with a reliable source of energy in the long scheme of things. This will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that damage the environment. As of now, we can rely on five major sources of energy for the future namely:
- Solar power
Technology can always be used to serve a better purpose. The above mentioned 5 technologies are a predicament to our efforts of saving the environment.