Monday, February 05, 2007

UNEP report on nano and the environment

The U.N. Environment Programme just released its fourth annual report on the environment. The section on "Emerging Challenges" this year is devoted to the environmental benefits and risks of nanotechnology. Some key points are summarized in an IHT piece from today:
"The agency is calling for global test protocols and greater cooperation between private- and public-sector industries and between the developing and industrialized world. UNEP also wants public education about nanotechnology to raise awareness and provide information on the potential benefits and risks.
The "Emerging Challenges" report -- lead-authored by Bernard D. Goldstein at the University of Pittsburgh -- also emphasizes the need for more regulations of nanotechnology, but calls for a "balanced" approach in order "to maximize benefits while minimizing risks.”

Click here for the full report.