Anyone reading or listening to British news over the last few days will have noticed that the country has gone carbon crazy with politicians falling over themselves to be the greenest. The United Kingdom unveiled plans to set a “legally binding” target to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050. The European Union has agreed to cut emissions by 20% between now and 2020 and Marxists and Greens seem to be fighting each other over whether man made global warming is a myth or not. It is all getting a little heated. Given that science probably doesn’t seem to make any difference to anybody’s opinion we’ll confine ourselves to the parts of the debate that involve nanotech, although most of the UK seems to have been in the middle of a desert or at the bottom of an ocean at some point over the last few billion years and there’s probably not much we can do about that.
This is usually the time that someone pops up and claims that nanotechnology could cure global warming through unleashing swarms of carbon eating nanobots, so before that happens we decided that a timely primer on nanotechnologies and carbon emissions was due. So, here are the six key nanotechnologies that we think will have the greatest impact on carbon emissions over the next five years.
Political concerns usually quickly translate into research budgets and consultancy fees, and we have already spotted a number of nanotech ‘experts’ shamelessly morphing into green gurus faster than sea levela are rising.