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TECHNOLOGY Nanotechnology, ocean energy and forestry – INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION Changes in land use such as deforestation results in soil erosion and contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases. © jared/Flickr Miguel esteban, Kyoto University, Japan; Christian Webersik, University of agder, norway; and DaviD leary, University of new soUth wales sydney, aUstralia An effective policy response to climate change must achieve three key objectives: the release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere must be prevented; new forms of renewable energy production must be developed; and new ways of storing this energy must be found. Innovative solutions that help reach these three objectives are nanotechnology, ocean energy and sustainable forestry practices. However, all of these are at a very early stage of development, and hence the creation of adequate policy and legislative frameworks for these innovations are urgently needed. World leaders recognise that climate change is the most significant environmental, economic and security threat facing humanity. New technologies that offer cleaner energy, more advanced efficiency and lower emissions will be essential. However, technological innovation alone will not provide all the answers. An effective response also requires novel measures. In our report presented in Poznán, ‘Innovation in Responding to Climate Change: Nanotechnology, Ocean Energy and Forestry’, we highlighted the potential of three innovative solutions. NANOTECHNOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE Nanotechnology is science and engineering resulting from the understanding and manipulation of matter’s most basic building blocks: atoms and molecules. By working at the molecular or atomic level it is now possible to create materials with novel properties with a wide range of new applications. Nanotechnology is best described as a ‘platform technology’. Nanotechnology will not by itself have a dramatic impact on climate change, but its incorporation into larger systems could have a profound impact on energy consumption and hence greenhouse gas emissions. Such systems may include solar power technology; nextgeneration batteries; improved insulation in buildings; the hydrogen-based economy; and the development of new fuel additives that could enhance energy efficiency. Managing the risks of nanotechology While nanotechnology will bring many benefits, there are also emerging concerns about the potential risks that nanotechnologies present to humans and the environment, and the ability of current legal and regulatory regimes to sustainably manage those risks. The most significant issues relate to the toxicity of manufactured nanoparticles and their ability to enter the human body and reach vital organs via the blood. There are major gaps in scientific understanding of how nanoparticles act, their toxicity and basic risk management techniques such as how to measure and monitor exposure to nanoparticles. However, as the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in its 2008 report on nanotechnology has observed, so far there is “no evidence of actual ecological damage or harm to humans resulting from exposure to manufactured nanomaterials”. But the actual level of risk remains an area of great uncertainty. Major reviews of policy and legislative frameworks are emerging, such as the report of UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution cited above; an independent review by academics from Monash University of Australia’s regulation of nanotechnology; and a parliamentary inquiry conducted in New South Wales, Australia. Policy-makers from these and other NANOTECHNOLOGY 113 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG