Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Are Nanotechnologies trivalised risks and ethical debate ?

While "nanotechnologies are presented as providing unprecedented technological solutions,” “serious environmental risks and costs are being trivialised or ignored,” the International Persistant Organic Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) argues in a new paper. Although a paper from the network’s Nanotechnology Working Group (NWG) evaluating the environmental, economic and health impacts of nanotechnology, suggests that nanotechnology offers environmental benefits, this assertion is "not borne out by reality and environmental claims are consistently ignored," it states.
Should we continue developing such as technologies if we have no control on the risks ? Is the ethical debate slowing down the economic development of nanotechnologies ? Should we accept risks because of higher benefits ?

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