The same technology that has the potential to destroy the planet when used in one way, has the potential to protect the environment and even human life when used in another. Advancements in technology have at times been responsible for destroying wildlife almost to the point of extinction. Now, technology is being used to help save endangered species. Here are three ways technology can be used to help save endangered wildlife.
Study of migratory habits and patterns
The more we understand about the natural habits and habitats of various species, the more we can pattern our own behaviors to protect them. Understanding the habits and patterns of some species is far more difficult than others, however. For instance, many species of birds may migrate vast distances, which can make them difficult to track. Minute GPS trackers and other devices can help scientists better understand their habits and migratory patterns in order to tailor or curtail certain human behaviors that might interfere with them. For instance, if it is discovered that certain rare birds migrate along a certain path at certain times of year, that path can be closed to aircraft that might destroy an entire flock.
DNA mapping and gene sequencing
Understanding the innate relationship of some animals to others can help us better understand how to protect vital lines. In addition, DNA mapping and gene sequencing also has profound implications for human health care. For instance, some animals that are immune to certain cancers or toxins may help provide answers on how to prevent or eradicate these same things in humans. This is one of many, many reasons that conservation is so important.
Ecosystems are both incredibly complex and incredibly delicate. The introduction of just a single foreign element or variable can have a profound ripple effect that extends far beyond the original ecosystem. As more and more data is being collected from ecosystems around the world, it can be compiled to help scientists understand the profound impact even the smallest variables can have on multiple interconnected systems. For instance, scientists might use big data to explore what the long-term impact might be if the average temperature in an ecosystem were to raise or lower by just a few degrees and how those changes might then impact surrounding ecosystems.