You will be conducting individual research on how technology is helping to solve global problems. Your research will include an explanation of the problem your technology is addressing, how it is helping and analysis of the solutions. Your research will be used to create a brochure.
Agricultural advances have increased crop yields across the globe, successfully addressing concerns about global food shortages in the 1970s. Today, however, hunger continues to be a problem in some regions of the world. The scientific advances that produced the first Green Revolution are now being questioned by some for causing environmental damage and the loss of seeded biodiversity.
Advances • Higher crop yields due to pesticide and fertilizer use • New seed varieties that are drought and pest resistant due to genetic engineering Concerns • Environmental damage due to overuse of fertilizers and pesticides • Loss of biodiversity and health concerns related to genetically engineered foods
Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction Epilogue, Section 2; Skillbuilder Handbook, p. R28 World History: The Modern Era Chapter 21, Section 1
Advances in energy technology, including nuclear, wind, solar, biofuels, and clean coal, have shown promise in addressing global energy needs and reducing the effects of global warming; however, many questions and challenges remain.
Advances • Development of nuclear power and clean coal technologies • Use of wind and solar technologies to generate electricity • Development of biofuels, such as ethanol Concerns • Dangers of nuclear power and unproven effectiveness of clean coal • Practicality of mass use of wind and solar technologies • High cost of producing biofuels and impact on global food supplies
Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction Epilogue, Section 2 World History: The Modern Era Chapter 22, p. 767
Medical advances have improved living standards for many, including access to health care, vaccinations, antibiotics, AIDS drugs, and preventive care. Despite these advances, inequalities in medical care between developed and less developed nations remain significant.
Advances • New drugs, including vaccines, antibiotics, and AIDS drugs • Improved access to health care (hospitals, doctors, clinics) Concerns • Poorest nations still lag far behind developed nations • High cost of medical care and drugs
Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction Chapter 20, Sections 1 & 3 World History: The Modern Era Chapter 22, Section 5
Technological advances in communication have had a major impact on mass culture and economic and social interactions. Less developed nations have struggled to overcome the emerging digital divide that favors more developed nations.
Advances • Impact of the Internet and cell phones on business and personal communication • Increased global awareness and connections among people Concerns • Digital Divide: Growing disadvantage between those who have these technologies and those who do not • Impact of digital divide on the quality of education and economic growth
Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction Epilogue, Section 1; Chapter 20 , Section 2 Unit 5: In-Depth Resources: Perspectives on the Present Primary Source: "Cupid’s a Korean Computer, Making Wise Matches," Sheryl WuDunn, p. 86 World History: The Modern Era Chapter 22, Section 5