Pollution During Machine Age

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The Machine Age[1][2][3] is a term associated mostly with the early 20th century, sometimes also including the late 19th century. An approximate dating would be about 1880 to 1945. Considered to be at a peak in the time between the first and second world wars, it forms a late part of the Industrial Age. By the mid to late 1940s, the atom bomb [4], the first computers [5], and the transistor came into being [6], beginning the contemporary era of high technology and thus ending the intellectual model of the machine age founded in the mechanical and heralding a new more complex model of high-technology. Artifacts of the Machine Age include: * Mass production of high volume goods on moving assembly lines, particularly of the automobile * Gigantic production machinery, especially for producing and working metal, such as steel rolling mills, bridge component fabrication, and automobile body presses * Powerful earthmoving equipment * Steel framed buildings of great height (the skyscraper) * Radio and phonograph technology * High speed printing presses, enabling the production of low cost newspapers and mass market magazines ------------------------------------------------- Environmental influence * Exploitation of natural resources with little concern for the ecological consequences; a continuation of 19th century practices but at a larger scale. * Release of synthetic dyes, artificial flavorings, and toxic materials into the consumption stream without testing for adverse health effects. While all the industries went for a mass production, every one kept a deft ear towards pollution thus generated by using natural gas, petrol, diesel. While the printing presses were churning out so much of new books and material but no one really cared about the impact it had on reduction of the forest cover and cutting of trees

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