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Environanotechnology by Ian G. Wright, Rachid Slimane, Zhonglin Wang, Alan E. Bland, C.P. Huang, Maohong Fan

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CHAPTER 14

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On the Relationship between Social Ethics and Environmental Nanotechnology

Janne Nikkinen

Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Contents

1. Introduction

2. General Overview

2.1. The Issues

2.2. The Public and the Scientist

3. Analysis

3.1. Legal Perspectives

3.2. The Definition of Harm

3.3. Commercial and Conflicting Interests

3.4. The Precautionary Principle

4. Conclusions

Acknowledgment

References

1. Introduction

During the last decade, billions of dollars have been invested in nanotechnology research. With a $1 trillion impact on the world economy, and the potential to employ two million ...

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