By Donald Maclurcan, Natalia Radywyl
The upward thrust of collaborative intake, peer-to-peer platforms, and not-for-profit social company heralds the emergence of a brand new period of human collectivity. more and more, this consolidation stems from an knowing that big-banner issues—such as weather change—are no longer the foundation reasons of our current international problem. there's a becoming and collective view that concerns corresponding to this are literally indicators of a way more vicious, possible insurmountable : our dependancy to fiscal, intake, and inhabitants progress in an international of finite resources.
Nanotechnology and worldwide Sustainability makes use of nanotechnology—the fabricated from utilized medical wisdom to regulate and make the most of topic at atomic and molecular scales—as a lens wherein to discover the interrelationship among innovation, politics, economic climate, and sustainability. This groundbreaking booklet addresses how stakeholders can actively reshape agendas to create confident and sustainable futures via this newest debatable, cross-sectoral expertise. It strikes past problems with potency, productiveness, and application, exploring the insights of twenty-two members from around the globe, whose paintings spans the disciplines of technology and the arts. Their mixed wisdom, strengthened with a variety of case experiences, introduces an exhilarating prospect—how we will be able to innovate with out fiscal growth.
This new quantity within the Perspectives in Nanotechnology sequence is edited by way of Dr. Donald Maclurcan and Dr. Natalia Radywyl. Dr. Maclurcan is a social innovator and Honorary examine Fellow with the Institute for Nanoscale expertise on the collage of know-how Sydney, Australia. Dr. Radywyl is a social researcher and Honorary learn Fellow within the tuition of tradition and conversation on the college of Melbourne, Australia. She is additionally an accessory learn Fellow within the school of existence and Social Sciences at Swinburne collage of expertise, Melbourne. This ebook is written for a large viewers and may be of specific curiosity to activists, students, coverage makers, scientists, company pros, and others who search an knowing of ways we would justly transition to sustainable societies.
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The book is therefore divided into four sections to reflect each of these themes. Each section includes a broad thematic critique as well as more specific criticisms, case studies, and proposed alternatives for many of the challenges raised. In this first section, Limits, we have collated work that provides a starting point for considering the limits to growth. In “Nanotechnology and the Environment” (Chapter 2), David Hess and Anna Lamprou review significant ways in which nanotechnology could assist in “greening” the economy.