Human Dominated Ecosystems

Reworking Bioethical Frontiers
  • Irina Pollard


The unprecedented and awesome power of science and technology, combined with the sheer number of people living on the planet, have transformed the scale of human impact from local and regional to global. It was pointed out in chapter 11 that lag times, before the effects of human-driven change emerge, can often be long. Scheming with complex systems can, therefore, give a false sense of safety. We design new technologies and deploy them on an unprecedented scale around the world long before we can begin to fathom their possible impact on the global system or ourselves. The time has certainly come, at the beginning of the new century, to pause and finally ask the ethical questions that have been overlooked in the headlong technological euphoria of the twentieth century.


Emotional Intelligence Great Barrier Reef Cultural Security Shop Steward Gaia Hypothesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irina Pollard
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  1. 1.Biological SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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