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Engineering and Environmental Challenges (Compass Series by National Academy of Engineering

By National Academy of Engineering

File from the nationwide Academy of Engineering Annual assembly, held October 24, 2000. Discusses the engineering and environmental demanding situations in the world structures engineering. Softcover.

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Yet most people agree that preserving forests is essential to preserving biological diversity and limiting global climate change. The new genetic engineering techniques could potentially increase the productivity of agricultural land and water and, perhaps, save forests. Other aspects of the vocal opposition to GMOs have little to do with science. One motivation for the anti-GMO campaign is antagonism to the practices of large agricultural industries. Some people worry that the commercialization of plant varieties means that they will be unavailable to developing countries, which is a legitimate concern, because about 80 percent of new plants have been developed by companies, though not, I should mention, golden rice.

Benefits of Biotechnology EDWARD A. HILER Never think for a minute that we are going to build permanent peace in this world on empty stomachs and human misery. Norman Borlaug Nobel Laureate On October 6, 1999, Norman Borlaug, the 85-year-old Nobel laureate, visionary, and father of the Green Revolution, stood in the bright sunlight of a Texas fall day as a new Crop Biotechnology Building at Texas A&M University was named in his honor. In his address to the crowd assembled for the occasion, Dr. Borlaug did not reflect on his life accomplishments.

The developed world has so far been primarily responsible for disrupting the global carbon cycle. However, in the future parts of the developing world are likely to become the dominant emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2) through the burning of fossil fuels. I believe developed nations should lead by example by reducing their CO2 emissions and promoting sensible programs to sequester carbon. I also believe developed countries should share carbon-efficient energy-generating technologies with developing countries as rapidly as possible.

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