Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow
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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
PART I. The Goal: A Transition to Sustainability
Chapter 1. Creating a Sustainable Future: Are We Running out of Time?
Chapter 2. An Eco-Economy in Harmony with Nature
Chapter 3. A New Age of Resource Productivity
PART II. New Technologies
Chapter 4. Environmental Implications of Emerging Nanotechnologies
Chapter 5. Ecological Computing
Chapter 6. Genetics and the Future of Environmental Policy
Chapter 7. The Future of Manufacturing: The Implications of Global Production for Environmental Policy and Activism
Chapter 8. Engineering the Earth
PART III. New Governance
Chapter 9. A Long Look Ahead: NGOs, Networks, and Future Social Evolution
Chapter 10. Environmental Leadership in Government
Chapter 11. Time Matters
Chapter 12. The Guardian Reborn: A New Government Role in Environmental Protection
Chapter 13. Advancing Corporate Sustainability: A Critical New Role for Government
Chapter 14. Government in the Chrysalis Economy
Chapter 15. Is Free Trade Too Costly?
Chapter 16. Greening te Global Financial System
Chapter 17. The Challenge Ahead
About the Authors