FOEA Emerging tech Project

Nanotechnology, climate and energy: over-heated promises and hot air?

“Very few people have looked beyond the shiny promise of nanotechnology to try and understand how this far-reaching new technique is actually developing. This report is an excellent glimpse inside, and it offers a judicious and balanced account of a subject we need very much to be thinking about.” Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, founder 350.org

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Nano and biocidal silver: extreme germ killers present a growing threat to public health

There is clear evidence that silver, and in particular nanosilver, is toxic to aquatic and terrestrial organisms, a variety of mammalian cells in vitro, and may be detrimental to human health. While undoubtedly silver and nanosilver have useful applications in the medical arena (for instance as coatings for medical devices or as wound care for severe burns victims), their use needs to be strictly controlled and the dictum ‘no data, no market’...

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Nanomaterials, sunscreens and cosmetics: small ingredients big risks

In one of the most dramatic failures of regulation since the introduction of asbestos, corporations around the world are rapidly introducing thousands of tonnes of nanomaterials into the environment and onto the faces and hands of hundreds of millions of people, despite the growing body of evidence indicating that nanomaterials can be toxic to humans and the environment.

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