Researchers are busy trying to harness nanotechnology for clean water. But when can we expect results? What are the risks? And how can nano-based solutions be delivered to the millions lacking access to safe water in developing countries?
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The International Risk Governance Council recognises that nanotechnology can potentially lead to improvements in medical diagnostics and water treatment but argues that the use of this technology comes with significant human and environmental risks that are more complex and far-reaching than many other innovations.
In response to these risks, the council's nanotechnology project has developed a generic approach to risk governance that is summarised, together with key recommendations for action, in a White Paper and policy brief.