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The world is changing rapidly A single technological development can lead to an infinite number of consequential developments each of which having varying impacts on humanity These impacts or indicators display the results of technological development Climactic global economic social and energy related indicators are important in showing humanitys use of technoscience and demonstrate that certain political and economic changes are needed so that technoscientists can use their knowledge to benefit the great majority of humanity Climactic indicators are excellent examples of humanitys misuse of technoscience One such indicator is global temperature It displays the results of the burning of fossil fuels and the release of nitrous oxides into the atmosphere Production of coal oil natural gas and nuclear power each expanded by 1 percent in 1995 Brown 16 Globally the ten warmest years out of the last 130 have all occurred in the eighties and nineties Brown 15 These figures demonstrate that humanity is not effectively controlling and limiting its use of fossil fuels As a result acid rain falls upon the earth destroying what is left of the planets forests and an estimated 37 percent of the fish species that inhabit thelakes and streams of North America are either in jeopardy or extinct A second indicator that displays humanitys misuse of technoscience is the global economy Global economic statistics show the results of the applications of technoscience In 1995 the global economy grew by an estimated 37 percent the largest gain since the 46 percent growth in 1980 Brown 74 The use of technoscientific developments in various fields raised the global output of goods and services Although this was an impressive expansion promoting employment and development it also increased the unsustainable demands on the earths natural systems and resources such as the planets forests Applications of technoscience have established the need for wood The forests that once blanketed more than 40 percent of the earths land surface now cover only 27 percent of
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