Nanotechnology Toward the Sustainocene by Thomas Alured Faunce

By Thomas Alured Faunce

Whereas the sustainability of our international is being endangered or destroyed via the inaccurate actions of man-made human entities, genuine humans have began to extend their ethical sympathies sufficiently to prioritize retaining our world's pursuits. they've got built a brand new technology-nanotechnology-that has the aptitude to improve human society towards a interval of long term sustainability, termed ''''the Sustainocene.'''' Read more...

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Each generation inheriting the Earth temporarily should take care to use natural resources reasonably and ensure that life is not prejudiced by harmful modifications of the ecosystems and that scientific and technological progress in all fields does not harm life on Earth (UNESCO, 1997). Yet such altruistic “soft law” norms are in many cases directly undermined by obligations arising under trade and investment agreements that are protective of the profits of corporate 5 6 Nanotechnology Toward the Sustainocene multinationals whose business model is focused on centralised, carbon-intensive fuel and food production and backed strongly by the threat of trade sanctions or damages awards under arbitral proceedings.

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Com 2 Nanotechnology Toward the Sustainocene volume showcases some of the excellent research being undertaken at the Australian National University in which nanotechnology is being utilized to not merely address the great public health and environmental challenges of our times but to pave humanity’s way toward the Sustainocene. This introductory chapter aims to set that research in a broader policy and governance context. 1 Governance Recognition of Our Need for New Energy and Environmental Technologies Humanity is in desperate need of a technology capable of effectively satisfying its increasing demand for energy, whilst protecting (and improving or rectifying) the integrity and resilience of the natural environment in which it dwells.

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