The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th century was the least environmentally friendly growth period in recent world history. The main driivng force behind this revolution was the Watts steam engine, which revolutionized the way many industries produced goods (away from largely innefectual but more environmentally friendly means such as hydro and wind power). The downside to this is that the steam engine ran almost exclusively by burning coal which we now know to be environmentally damaging. While the world’s (starting in Britain where said steam engine was invented) production capactiy increased greatly, so did harmfull emmissions from said production.
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