The Case for Technology Assessment

Clean green technologies are at the center of the many special reports leading to Rio+20. Understandably, governments have focused on access to “know-how.” Since 1992, however, costly, resource-wasting experience has taught that “know-how” must be accompanied with “know-what” – assessment of the technology choices available – and “know-why” – a participatory analysis of socioeconomic and environmental needs a technology is to address. Technology transfer without technology assessment – especially under the intense pressure to respond to climate change and environmental deterioration – is dangerous. Find 8 recent examples of where ostensibly clean green technologies may be wasting time and resources.

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