How science can cause and solve environmental problems

Give a brief explanation of an oil spill and how it can be cleaned up.

An oil spill is when ships have leaks and pollute the water in oil. It can do immediate and large economic, social and environmental impacts. There are solutions to clean up oil spills, but it takes decades to remove all of the oil while being toxic. Currently, there are different ways to clean up these oil spills, skimming, dispersants etc. For my essay, I decided to pick the polymer method. It is a material where when put in water, it absorbs the oil and forms a sponge form. This is caused when the hydrocarbons come in contact with the polymer, it changes into a solid form.

Is science good for humanity? Do the benefits of scientific discovery outweigh the problems it causes?

Yes, science is probably one of the best things that happened to humanity in the first place. It has improved our world and opened new discoveries. It also can help save and make the world a more convenient and better place. For example: Without science, we would not have any methods to clean up oil spills. Without science, we would have very limited knowledge about humans and animals. But, I do not think that scientific discovery has fully outweighed the problems it causes. A lot of discoveries we come up with, it also comes with a downside. With oil spill, there are ways to clean it up, but the methods are not 100% perfect. Scientists are still trying to discover ways to find the best solutions.

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