Chapter 15

Nanomaterial Governance, Planetary Health, and the Sustainocene Transition

Tom Faunce, Alex Bruce and Angus Donohoo

For good or bad, the immediate future of humanity is irreversibly entwined with technologies of the nanoscale. One of the great contemporary paradoxes is that solutions to global problems, such as pandemics, environmental degradation as well as lack of energy and food security, may reside in how we decide to govern materials operating at the scale of one billionth of a meter and involving probabilistic quantum effects. Increasingly scientists have began to emphasize the importance of nanotechnology in systematically alleviating the critical problems facing humanity and its biosphere. One of the main ways nanotechnology ...

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