Technology is the single greatest contributor to climate change but it may also soon be used to offset the damage we’ve done to our planet since the Industrial Age began.
There are 300 additional gigatonnes of carbon in the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the start of the industrial revolution. As the climate warms, the activity of micro-organisms in the soil increases and this further increases carbon emissions.
The prospects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are promising. It is likely to offer tools to make it easier to move from the linear economic model of the past to the circular economic model, where resources remain in a closed circuit.