Technology Helps and Hurts the Environment

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Last week, technology writer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Carr came to Roger Williams University and spoke about the impact technology has on peoples ability to think critically. To significantly simply his argument, he believes that our having access to nearly infinite amounts of information via the internet is not a good thing. We can find this information more quickly, but we lose our ability to remember it, interpret it, and use it in meaningful ways.

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Just as technology has positives and negatives associated with its effects on the human mind, the same can be said for it’s effect on sustainability. Technology is what got the Earth in to this mess with climate change, but it can also get it out. Development and use of modern technologies causes significant damage to the environment. Much of this development results in man-made carbon emissions which are the leading…

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