The Ethical Responsibilities of Designers
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Post No.: 0493   Furrywisepuppy says:   As chewed over in Post No.: 0480 – designers, engineers and inventors (and those who employ or fund them) bear huge ethical responsibilities. It’s not just about considering the life cycle and ecological … Read More

How Tech Shapes Us as Well as Our World
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Post No.: 0480   Furrywisepuppy says:   We can have different kinds of relationships with tech – they can be in us (e.g. nanotechnology capsules), between us (e.g. phones when making calls), added to us (e.g. prosthetic limbs), be like … Read More

More Trees for the Win!
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Post No.: 0474   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Although considered a ‘trace gas’ in the Earth’s atmosphere, there’s a lot of carbon dioxide in the air and depleting the amount of trees and forests on the ground is not a good … Read More

Carbon Offsetting in Practice
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Post No.: 0467   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Carbon offsetting strategies have their supporters and critics. For their supporters, it seems to make logical sense that it’s okay to release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane and … Read More

Finite Precious Elements and Recycling
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Post No.: 0438   Furrywisepuppy says:   Indium for touch screens, rhenium for jet turbines, neodymium for magnets in motors, lithium for batteries, helium for MRI scanners… These things we need (or want) for our technological civilisation are all rare … Read More

Creating Addicted Users Through Habit-Forming Design
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Post No.: 0398   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Electronic devices and apps, such as mobile phones and social media apps, bring enormous benefits, including connecting users from all over the world so that we can keep in touch, share our stories … Read More

Microplastics in Every Corner of the World
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Post No.: 0380   Furrywisepuppy says:   For many here in the UK, it took a highly visual documentary (Blue Planet II) on plastic pollution gathering around innocent islands across the world, and being able to directly trace some of … Read More

Better Behaviours Through Laws and Regulations
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Post No.: 0356   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The single-use plastic carrier bag charge in the UK, introduced since 2015, has been quite successful in decreasing the amount of plastic bags used. This was mentioned in Post No.: 0346. It’s a … Read More

The Environmental Collective Action Problem
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Post No.: 0346   Furrywisepuppy says:   Personal responsibility is something that a lot of us don’t seem to want to take when it comes to collective action problems such as looking after the environment – or at least intentions … Read More

Carbon Capture and Other Tech to the Rescue
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Post No.: 0327   Fluffystealthkitten says:   You probably already know about photovoltaic solar panels, solar thermal energy, hydroelectric dams, wind turbines, bioenergy and geothermal energy when it comes to renewable energy sources or technologies. There’s also nuclear power, as … Read More

Putting a Price on the Planet’s Resources
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Post No.: 0295   Furrywisepuppy says:   Putting a monetary price on natural resources and the environment may help us to see their value to us – but a danger of doing so is that governments start to commoditise natural … Read More

Warmer Means Heavier Rainfall and More Icy Hailstorms
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Post No.: 0288   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Many people don’t understand why, despite overall rising average global temperatures over the past several decades, or global warming and melting glaciers, we’re experiencing more extreme cold weather events, as well as hot … Read More

We Know What We Must Do But the Problem is Doing It!
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Post No.: 0265   Furrywisepuppy says:   The main barrier against solving a lot of human problems isn’t so much not knowing what needs to be done – but getting people to actually individually and collectively do it!   Some … Read More

One Organism’s Waste as Another’s Resource
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Post No.: 0244   Furrywisepuppy says:   When investigating the impacts of products, we must look at their entire product lifecycles, from the cradle to the grave – from extracting the raw materials, the manufacturing, the transport used at all … Read More

The Golden Age of Science and Technology is Now
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Post No.: 0202   Fluffystealthkitten says:   When it comes to science, knowledge and technology at least, the ‘golden age’ is not at any time in the past. Who’d genuinely want to live in the past rather than right now … Read More

Predicting the Consequences of New Technologies
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Post No.: 0185   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Technology is overall a wonderful thing and I love checking out and looking forwards to all sorts of new gadgets (I want a grapple gun like Batman!) Indeed, without a whole myriad of … Read More

Blaming the Poorer Nations for Global Warming
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Post No.: 0155   Furrywisepuppy says:   A lot of people who live in the long-industrialised nations of the world tend to automatically blame people and manufacturers in the ‘still-developing’ nations of the world for their growing carbon dioxide and … Read More

Keeping the Global Population in Check
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Post No.: 0139   Furrywisepuppy says:   The size of the global human population matters because this planet only has a limited amount of resources, including land, and can only take so much human-made pollution. The vast majority of human … Read More

What’s the Point in Investing in Scientific Research?
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Post No.: 0117   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some people ask what’s the point in space research, science in general, furthering knowledge and the (often public) money spent on these activities? But many others and I see exploring and learning as … Read More

Will Humans Be a Mere Flash in the Pan?
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Post No.: 0081   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Humans, as a species overall, pat themselves on the backs too much. Many humans are too myopic. According to the most up-to-date evidence – the first Homo sapiens appeared maybe only about 300,000-350,000 … Read More

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