Technology and Global Change describes how technology has shaped society and the environment over the last 200 years. Technology has led us from the farm to the factory to the internet, and its impacts are now global. Technology has eliminated many problems, but has added many others (ranging from urban smog to the ozone hole to global warming). This book is the first to give a comprehensive description of the causes and impacts of technological change and how they relate to global environmental change. Written for specialists and nonspecialists alike, it will be useful for researchers and professors, as a textbook for graduate students, for people engaged in long-term policy planning in industry (strategic planning departments) and government (R & D and technology ministries, environment ministries), for environmental activists (NGOs), and for the wider public interested in history, technology, or environmental issues.
Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. What is Technology?: 2. Technology: concepts and definitions; 3. Technology: models; 4. Technology: history; Part II. Technology and the Environment: Natural and Human: 5. Agriculture; 6. Industry; 7. Services; Part III. The Balance of Evidence: 8. Conclusion. 9. Postscript: from data muddles to models; Appendix; References; Index.