The phenomenally rapid development of technology, especially in the 20th century, has enormously increased Man's ability to produce goods which have enhanced his standard of living. However, this development has also generated a secondary phenomenon, the pollution of Man's environment. This has had the contrary effect of leading to a deterioration in the quality of life. For much of history, an enhancement in the quality of life arising from new technology has overshadowed its negative effects upon the environment. Recently there has been some doubt as to whether the further development of technology will necessarily guarantee an improvement in the quality of life. The authors discuss the relationship between technology and the main components of the environment, water and air, and its impact on Man's living conditions. Technology, appropriately used, can be a powerful force for the improvement of the environment. Relevant actions for upgrading the quality of water and air are put forward. The authors also discuss problems arising from the exploitation of energy resources, with particular reference to the surrounding water and air.
Benzerara, Karim Miot, Jennyfer Obst, Martin Kappler, Andreas Hegler, Florian Guyot, Francois Morin, Guillaume Conference on Goldschmidt 2010 - Earth, Energy, and the Environment JUN 13-18, 2010 Knoxville, TN Suppl. 1