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Technology and Global Environment Chapter 22

technology is the practical application of scientific principles.
normal accidents are accidents that occur inevitably though unpredictably because of the very complexity of modern technologies.
risk society is a postmodern society defined by the way in which risk is distributed as a side effect of technology.
Technopoly is a form of social organization in which technology compels people to try to solve all problems by using technical rather than moral criteria, even though technology is often the source of the problems.
Technological determinism is the belief that technology is the main factor shaping human history.
Global warming is the gradual worldwide increase in average surface temperature.
Acid rain is a form of precipitation whose acidity eats away at, and eventually destroys, forests and the ecosystems of lakes.
ozone layer is 8 kilometres to 40 kilometres above the earth’s surface. It is depleted by CFCs. The depletion of the ozone layer allows more ultraviolet light to enter the earth’s atmosphere, which increases the rate of skin cancer.
Biodiversity refers to the enormous variety of plant and animal species inhabiting the earth.
Genetic pollution refers to the potential dangers of mixing the genes of one species with those of another.
Social constructionism emphasizes that social problems do not emerge spontaneously. Instead, they are contested phenomena whose prominence depends on the ability of supporters and detractors to make the public aware of them.
Environmental racism is the tendency to heap environmental dangers on the disadvantaged, and especially on members of disadvantaged racial minority groups.
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