Environmentalism

Environmentalists analyze powerful new technologies, including genetic modification of crops, livestock, and potentially human beings, with close attention to their ecosystem and social effects. They highlight the need for caution and responsible social governance in the face of high-risk technological innovation, and often support regulating markets and corporations in order to ensure public health and well-being. Environmentalists have pioneered the precautionary principle, an approach that assigns responsibility for demonstrating the safety of risky new technologies to those who would benefit from them, rather than those likely to be harmed. These tools of technical, policy, and social analysis hold important insights for understanding and evaluating human biotechnologies.


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I hope it’s not too late to review Bill McKibben’s important new book Falter, just as I join him in hoping it’s not too late to save the world or the human race. The book came out in mid-April,...

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“I think I got it,” says Alekos Simoni with a grin, returning an electronic fly zapper called “The Executioner” to a nearby metal shelf. With a deft flick of his wrist he has done away with a genetically modified mosquito...

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In Burkina Faso, the government is considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to eradicate malaria. In Nantucket, Mass., officials...

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For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive...

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A short-tail weasel peaks its head out of rocks.

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Marcy Darnovsky speaks among  panel at CRISPRcon

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A pot of boiling water cooks two corns.

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A person suited in bioharzard gear, examines a sample of corn in a field.

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A woman of color holds a circular glass object in her opened left palm.

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Several black chess pieces are positioned side by side, standing upright.

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A pale hand holds an unlit light bulb.

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