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Science Timeline - Power
6 months ago
The first ever wind turbine is constructed in Cleveland Ohio by Charles F. Bush. It was 17 metres in diameter and created 12 kilowatts of power. Was it really worth cutting down large portions of a forest for 12 kilowatts? The power went towards lighting which just as easily could have been accomplished with candles.
On September 30, 1882, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. The production of these hydro-electric dams is responsible for millions of ecosystem collapses and animal deaths around the world.
The beginning of the industrial revolution began in 1760. This began the use of coal for energy and for many would be detrimental to their quality of life. Child labour was rampant and the exploitation of the poor and underprivileged was common. Often children were sent to coal mines to work for very little pay. As we can see time and time again throughout history, especially in modern times, the poor and the land they occupied were exploited for wealth and influence.
The use of coal by humans to produce energy has started a terrible sequence of events in human history. The use of coal in production throughout the modern age has meant that the excess c02 from the burning of coal has entered the atmosphere. This ever increasing production of c02 is heating up the earth and should this trend continue, there will be devastating consequences for all that inhabit the earth.
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