February 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9781138367739 - CAT# K396990
Series: Routledge Studies in Sustainability
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Governing Technology in the Quest for Sustainability on Earth explores how technological advances can be managed to ensure the long-term sustainability of our species and of other life forms with which we share this world. It analyses human impact, the discourses of environmentalism and issues of economics, history and science. As these variables are complex, drawing on issues from the social, physical and life sciences as well as the humanities, Dain Bolwell uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate these concepts and their related public policies.
Exploring three major existing and emerging technologies – chemical herbicides, nuclear-electric power generation, and robotics and artificial intelligence – the book demonstrates the multifaceted and complicated nature of the grand challenges we face and draws out the measures required to effect sustainability in the wider political sphere.
Exploring how we can govern technology most effectively to ensure a long term and sustainable future, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of environmental studies, science and technology and environmental law and policy.
Part One. Sustainability and its elements
Chapter 2. The concept of sustainability
Chapter 3. Impact
Chapter 4. Population
Chapter 5. Affluence
Chapter 6. Technology
Chapter 7. Options
Part Two. Governing technology for sustainability
Chapter 8. Technology and governance
Chapter 9. Case study: Glyphosate
Chapter 10. Case study: Nuclear-electric power
Chapter 11. Case study: Robotics and artificial intelligence
Chapter 12. Case study summary
Chapter 13. Alternative visions
Chapter 14. Conclusion: the Owl of Minerva