Technology & Environment: Some Possible Damaging Effects of Technological Change in Advanced and Opulent Societies

UNU-MERIT Working Papers n. 2014-089, ISSN 1871-9872

31 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2015

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Mario Coccia

National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

Date Written: March 16, 2015

Abstract

An interesting problem is the analysis of effects of the predominant impact of technological change on the health of societies. This study considers technological change as the human activity that generates a huge impact on societies and causes environmental disorders affecting the health of population. In particular, technical innovations support the industrialisation and human development, which by a social change based on population growth, mass production and consumption, and resources depletion, engenders pollution and several environmental carcinogens. This study shows that a main effect of the critical impact of technological change on societies is the high cancer incidence of population living in industrialised areas of opulent and advanced countries. Vital empirical evidence and linkages between observed facts endeavour to explain the major relationships concerning the interactions among technology, ecosystems and the health of societies.

Keywords: Technology, Industrialisation, Pollution, Cancer, Human Development, Social Change, Environmental Change.

JEL Classification: O33; O44; I15; Q53

Suggested Citation

Coccia, Mario, Technology & Environment: Some Possible Damaging Effects of Technological Change in Advanced and Opulent Societies (March 16, 2015). UNU-MERIT Working Papers n. 2014-089, ISSN 1871-9872, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2579224 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2579224

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