Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow: Shaping the Next Industrial Revolution

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Overview

We sit at the doorstep of multiple revolutions in robotic, genetic, information, and communication technologies, whose powerful interactions promise social and environmental transformations we are only beginning to understand. How can we anticipate their impacts and ensure that these new technologies help move us in a more sustainable direction?

Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow is a collection of essays by leading scientists, technologists, and thinkers that examine the nature of current technological changes, their environmental implications, and possible strategies for the transition to a sustainable future. It offers a baseline understanding of new technological developments, as well as important insights for moving beyond business-as-usual by developing more anticipatory approaches to environmental protection and more comprehensive strategies for promoting the transformation of technology.

Among the contributors are Brad Allenby, David Bell, Steward Brand, Michael Braungart, Lester Brown, Joanne Ciulla, Denis Hayes, Hazel Henderson, Amory Lovins, William McDonough, Gary Marchant, David Ronfeldt, John Seely-Brown, Gus Speth, and Timothy Sturgeon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559637695
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Olson is a senior fellow at the Institute for Alternative Futures. David Rejeski is director of the Foresight and Governance Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : another chance 1
1 Creating a sustainable future : are we running out of time? 11
2 An eco-economy in harmony with nature 20
3 A new age of resource productivity 29
4 Environmental implications of emerging nanotechnologies 41
5 Ecological computing 53
6 Genetics and the future of environmental policy 61
7 The future of manufacturing : the implications of global production for environmental policy and activism 71
8 Engineering the earth 80
9 A long look ahead : NGOs, networks, and future social evolution 89
10 Environmental leadership in government 99
11 Time matters 108
12 The guardian reborn : a new government role in environmental protection 115
13 Advancing corporate sustainability : a critical new role for government 123
14 Government in the chrysalis economy 133
15 Is free trade too costly? 143
16 Greening the global financial system 151
17 The challenge ahead 160
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