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Does Technology destroy our relationship with Nature?

I am an environmental Literature student, and I am interested in people's responses about the constitution of Nature, Technology, and the relationship that is apparently slowly being degraded with Nature.

All responses are welcome.

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  • May 3 2013: It is true that we are a part of nature. Nowadays technology is making us go away from nature and its beauty. But it is also allowing us to love and come near nature.

    For example :
    It was through technology that we used petroleum and its products as fuel. This polluted our environment.
    However, technology also drew us closer to nature by bringing to our minds the idea of utilizing solar energy through solar panels.
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      May 3 2013: and how are solar panels made? what happens to solar panels when then cannot be used anymore?
      • May 9 2013: Yusuf, I was intrigued by this question, and when I googled it, I was pleasantly surprised to see the amount of results that specialize in solar panel recycling!

        "The process which allows recycling of silicon in old solar panels is called wet-chemical treatment process. Wet-chemical treatment process is a rather complex process in which silicon wafers are wetted and etched free of dust and soiling agents. The only downside with this method is that each solar panel manufacturer uses their own techniques to produce silicon wafers and therefore each manufacturer is only able to recycle their own solar panels."

        Perhaps this will change, however, as solar energy becomes increasingly popular?
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          May 9 2013: perhaps so, but as i mentioned earlier, we need to look deeper till we find the interface with our environments! like for example, the solar panel recycling plant, how do we get the chemicals used to recycle them? does that have an effect on the environment? how much electricity do those places use to recycle the solar panels? to what state can the solar panels be recycled and how many times can we recycle them till we cannot anymore?

          I understand that in essence we cannot really change the fact that we affect our environments substantially, but atleast if we are less naive to the effects of our actions, we may strive to find ways to reduce this effect!

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