Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World
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Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World

Global Artificial Photosynthesis as Nanotechnology’s Moral Culmination

9781848446717 Edward Elgar Publishing
The late Thomas Faunce, formerly Professor, Australian National University and Australian Research Council Future Fellow
Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978 1 84844 671 7 Extent: 232 pp
Does humanity have a moral obligation to emphasise nanotechnology’s role in addressing the critical public health and environmental problems of our age? This well crafted book explores this idea by analysing the prospects for a macroscience nanotechnology-for-environmental sustainability project in areas such as food, water and energy supply, medicine, healthcare, peace and security. Developing and applying an innovative science-based view of natural law underpinning a global social contract, it considers some of the key scientific and governance challenges such a global project may face.

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Does humanity have a moral obligation to emphasise nanotechnology’s role in addressing the critical public health and environmental problems of our age? This well crafted book explores this idea by analysing the prospects for a macroscience nanotechnology-for-environmental sustainability project in areas such as food, water and energy supply, medicine, healthcare, peace and security. Developing and applying an innovative science-based view of natural law underpinning a global social contract, it considers some of the key scientific and governance challenges such a global project may face.

The book concludes that the moral culmination of nanotechnology is a Global Artificial Photosynthesis project. It argues that the symmetric patterns of energy creating photosynthesis, life and us are shaping not only the nanotechnological advances of artificial photosynthesis, but also the ethical and legal norms likely to best govern such scientific achievements to form a sustainable existence on this planet.

Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World will appeal to many generations of scientists and policymakers working to improve our world in public health, environmental sustainability and renewable energy and nanotechnology. It will also be a valuable resource for similarly motivated students of chemistry, physics, biology, nanotechnology and photosynthesis, as well as environmental and energy ethics, law and policy.
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Nanoscience for a Sustainable World: A Goal or Set of Principles? 3. Obstacles to Nanotechnology for Environmental Sustainability 4. Core Normative Components of a Global NES Project 5. Nanotechnology for Sustainable Food, Water and Housing 6. Equitable Access to Nanomedicines 7. Nanotechnology for Global Peace and Security 8. Nanotechnology, Climate Change and Renewable Energy 9. Nanotechnology’s Moral Culmination: A Global Artificial Photosynthesis Project Bibliography Index
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