Chapter 19

Society's Grand Challenges


This chapter examines the extent to which nanotechnology can make significant impacts on some of the existential problems afflicting the Earth. Nanotechnology can probably do relatively little to influence the root cause of these problems, namely population growth, but may be able to do a great deal to alleviate some of them, such as environmental degradation, energy penury, and food insecurity.


Demography; Climate change; Globalization

Human society is widely considered ...

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