Modern technology, while so utterly useful (and even necessary for most of us), is one of the reasons why the planet is in the shape it is in.

Unfortunately, for most of us, modern technology is also the main reason why the planet is in the shape that it is in and the main reason why we have greenhouse gases, the ice caps are melting and the earth's temperature is heating up.

These environmental effects on the earth are very worrying for many scientists, who are predicting even more erratic and disastrous weather patterns in the future.

Already we had the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that wrecked devastation in the Indian Ocean, which was triggered by a massive earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. This earthquake started a series of incredibly devastating tsunamis along the east coast of most of the countries which bordered the Indian Ocean, killing more than 225,000 people in 11 countries.

We have unseasonably warmer temperatures due to climate change, a great deal due to global warming. The impacts of this are absolutely devastating. Whole species are in danger of extinction as their natural habitat is gone for good.

The King penguin, which exists in the Antarctica are in serious risk of extinction, because the ice at the Antarctica is melting at alarming rates, because temperatures have risen over 2.5 degrees Celsius in the last 50 years, which is about 4-5 times higher than the rest of the world. This also means that other native animals in the Antarctic are also at risk for extinction. This potentially can have a devastating effect on the food chain.

In order to try to reduce the potentially disastrous effects of climate change and global warming, human beings as a whole, need to do the following:
  • reduce energy usage
  • reduce pollution
  • reuse and recycle everything
  • go organic for food production and consumption
  • stop culling so many native forests and the natural habitat of so many animal species
  • reduce the reliance on petrol as an energy source
  • find more viable methods of energy (such as solar or wind power)
If we humans, as a whole, do not do this, then this planet may not exist for future generations.

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