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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.
|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|
|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|
|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|