Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World
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Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World

Global Artificial Photosynthesis as Nanotechnology’s Moral Culmination

Thomas Faunce

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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Chapter 3: Obstacles to Nanotechnology for Environmental Sustainability

Thomas Faunce

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JOBNAME: Faunce PAGE: 1 SESS: 4 OUTPUT: Mon Mar 12 11:01:07 2012 3. Obstacles to nanotechnology for environmental sustainability In modern physics, symmetry has proved a fruitful guide to predicting new forms of matter and formulating new, more comprehensive laws. – Frank Wilczek, The Lightness of Being A contact with reality, light and intense like the touch of a loved hand … the greatest creation of mankind – the dream of mankind … Summoned to carry it, aloned to assay it, chosen to suffer it and free to deny it, I saw for one moment the sail in the sunstorm, Far off on a wave-crest, alone, bearing from land. – Dag Hammarskjold, Markings. 3.1 A GLOBAL PLUTOCRACY OF SUPRANATIONAL CORPORATIONS When I was a medical student at Newcastle in NSW I became involved in civil disobedience protests designed to stop logging by the Forestry Commission of old growth forest at Chaelundi. The fate of these beautiful hardwoods was to be woodchipped, sold to a supranational corporation and shipped overseas to be made into paper products by low-cost labour, then exported back for sale to consumers in supermarkets. One of our subversive activities was to drive to Misty Creek, walk at night to the ‘feral camp’ deep in the woods, then sneak into a logging coupe, past the circling, head-lit police cars. There, we would erect a wooden tripod over a logging track to which a protestor then was chained. Next morning, in order not to hurt the protestor during his removal, a ‘cherry...

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