Industrial Revolution, Scientific Revolution and Environmentalism
Created by atsugimatsu on Mar 22, 2011
Last updated: 03/25/11 at 12:31 PM
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Fukushima Nuclear Plants Explosions are ongoing accidents of explosions of power plants and the release of radiation. After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, there were hydrogen explosions of Fukushima Nuclear Plants I, II, III and IV. This caused the radiations to spread out around the Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
People who are repairing and people who lived near this area were exposed to radiation causing them get burned and ill. Also, it made economic problems in Japan and all over the world.
This connects to all Industrial Revolution, Scientific Revolution and Environmentalism. Because of the Industrial Revolution people wanted to generate more electricity, and then Scientific Revolution helped the Nuclear Power Plant to made and developed. The explosions that happened after the earthquake polluted the environment.
The world today has changed because of this incident. People in Japan have to evacuate and the economy of Japan is worsening. Also it made people think more about the dangers of the Nuclear Plants.
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was caused by an explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil platform near the Mississippi River delta on April 20, 2010. As the platform sank, the crude oil was spilled to the ocean. It spilled about 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The oil pollution of ocean made sea lives at risk. It also affected the Gulf fishing and the tourism industries. Because of this incident, the annual income has decreased dramatically.
This connects to both Industrial Revolution and Environmentalism. Because of the Industrial Revolution, people started to consume more oil. And the environment is polluted because of the oil spill.
It made people to think more about the oil platforms and importance of strong constructions. Also, the ocean is still polluted by the oil and the sea life are affected.
The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement made by the United Nations for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Dec 11, 1997. It commits the industrialized countries to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. As of July 2010, 191 countries agreed to the protocol. Each "countries must meet their targets primarily through national measures," and monitor emissions.
By this protocol, the environmental problem is becoming to be solved. As more and more country join this agreement, environment of the world would get better.
This connects to both Industrial Revolution and Environmentalism. Because of the Industrial Revolution, the climate began to change. People made this agreement to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, improve the environment which connects to the Environmentalism.
This protocol affected the world. More organizations and countries started to consider about the climate change. It took an important step to make everyone to care about the environment of the world today.
Yokkaichi Asthma was caused by air pollution in the Yokkaichi city in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Yokkaichi is an industrial city and there are many factories. A petroleum complex was built in 1957 and it discharged sulfur dioxide.
This caused the pollution of air and the asthma increased in this area.
This connects to both Industrial Revolution and the Environmentalism. Yokkaichi city became an industrial city because of the Industrial Revolution and the developments of factories caused this asthma. Also, the environment was polluted by the sulfur dioxide.
The world today is affected by this problem. The laws were established for the victims of air pollution. Also this showed how air pollution affects the health. To avoid people from asthma and other health problem, government started to improve the air pollution.
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Minamata disease was first discovered in Minamata Bay in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan in 1956. This disease was caused by eating fish and shellfish that are polluted by the methyl mercury compound from the chemical plant.
It mainly affects the human's central nervous system and people go psycho in severe cases. The people who lived near this area suffered of this disease.
This connects to both Industrial Revolution and Environmentalism. Because of the Industrial Revolution in Japan, the chemical plant developed and then began to throw the waste water which contained mercury into the ocean. Also, it affected the environment by polluting the ocean which caused the fish to accumulate the mercury.
Because of this problem, Japan started to put more efforts to improve the encironment. They began to remove the wastes from the bay and river, monitor the water contamination in rivers and ocean, and monitor the fish's contaminations. Also they made new laws, Pollution-related Health Damage Compensation Law, to help the victims.
Itai-itai disease appeared near the Jinzu River in Toyama prefacture around 1912. "Itai" means "it hurts" in Japanese. It is cadmium poisoning causing softening of bones and the pain in entire body. The river were polluted by the toxic waste water from the Mitsui Mining and Smelting mines.
People who lived near the river suffered because of this poisoning.
This connects with both Industrial Revolution and Environment. Because of the Industrial Revolution in Japan, the mines developed and people started to work more and waste the polluted water into the Jinzu River. Also, it affected the environment by polluting the river and causing people to get poisoned.
The world is affected by the problem of Itai-itai disease. The government started to monitor the factories to make sure that they would not throw the waste water into rivers and ocean. And in 1973, new agreement was published and this made a system preventing pollutions.
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Solar Panel is a device to generate electricity by photovoltaic effect. The photovoltaic effect was discovered by Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel. And the solar cell was developed by William Grills Adams in 1876.
The solar panel helps people not to make environment worse because it does not produce any substances that pollutes our environment.
It connects to both Scientific Revolution and Environmentalism. It was developed because of the Scientific Revolution and it is good for the environment since it only uses sunlight to generate electricity.
The world is changed because of the developments of solar panels. Solar panels do not pollute the environment. So as more organizations and people use solar panels as their electric generator, it prevents the global warming and other environmental problems.
The tuberculosis is a disease caused by the bacteria. It was first mentioned in 1720 by Benjamin Marten in his writing. And then, in 1882, Robert Koch discovered the Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This disease causes chest pain, cough, fever, coughing up blood, etc. It can spread from person to person.
This caused widespread death. Number of people who get tuberculosis are decreasing today because of the medical developments. However two to three million people are still dying every year because the tuberculosis.
This connects to both Scientific Revolution and Industrial Revolution. It connects to Scientific Revolution, because the discovery of the bacteria and the developments of treatments were possible because of it. Also because of the Industrial Revolution, more people started to gather in one city which caused tuberculosis to spread out more.
The discovery of the tuberculosis and the developments of medical treatments affected the world today. It made possible to cure the people who got tuberculosis and more people are cured.