Earth & Environment

Can science remedy the problems it has caused?

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Tricky question. Firstly, has science really caused any problems?

Well I guess we could look at the use of lead in petrol and CFC chemicals in refrigerators for example.

In both cases these innovations brought great benefits and it was scientists who alerted the world to the downsides of these technologies and proposed alternatives.

I can’t see how any of our current problems can be made better by abandoning the insights that science offers.

Overall ‘Science’ has provided breath-taking insights and technology that underpins our culture and enables the relatively safe and comfortable lives we lead.