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Is scientific development responsible for pollution?

  • The opinion of a scientist

    The argument that "Pollution usually occurs from people who are careless or don't care about the environment" assumes that scientists are never careless and always care about the environment, which is false--some are careless and some don't care about the environment, while others are the opposite. Whether scientists are the ones who are polluting or not, they are responsible for providing those who do pollute with the capability to do so, and so science must accept at least half of the blame. Most of the pollution in the world comes from the mining and burning of fossil fuels, the extraction and processing of natural resources, modern agricultural practices, manufacturing, and municipal waste streams generated as a result of all of the above activites. We all participate in these activities and we all share the blame, however, these activities are only made possible through science. If laws were so effective in limiting the amount of pollution generated by scientific developments, pollution would not be as pressing a problem as it is and we would not be having this debate. Additionally, when environmental laws become too stringent, most polluters will simply move their operation to other locations that will allow them to pollute, usually developing countries who are willing to trade the short term economic benefits for such a trade for the long term consequences to human health and the environment. Yes, science is messy, but the problem lies more in our failure as a society to ask what it really means to obtain "better living" and whether most of the science we carry out actually results in the desired outcome. Millions of scientific publications are released every year that are completely inconsequential to the general public. Likewise, a great deal of pollution is released into the environment as a result of the general public building, consuming, and disposing of things that are trivial--things that might make life more convenient in the very short term, but do not actually make anyone's life "better."

  • Science is messy

    Scientific advancement means taking a journey to the unknown, breaking the boundaries, and taking risks, all in the name of better living. The waste products of science can be sloppy, dangerous, and even lethal, but without this process we might still be living in caves. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs and you can't have scientific development without some pollutants. Science has a price.

  • This is more real

    Scientific development is not entirely responsible for pollution. Pollution usually occurs from people who are careless or don't care about the environment. Through many laws, scientific development usually are limited to the amount of pollution they can create. Is a really nice way to defend and attack the others topic

  • Scientific development is not entirely responsible for pollution.

    Pollution usually occurs from people who are careless or don't care about the environment. Through many laws, scientific development usually are limited to the amount of pollution they can create. Most of the pollution on Earth is mostly from normal humans who don't throw away their trash, and also factories who don't filter their air.


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