Nanotech 'no quick fix' for environment – FoE

Current uses of nanotechnology cannot deliver significant benefits for global warming or resource depletion despite claims to the contrary by the chemicals industry, according to a report published on Tuesday by green group Friends of the Earth (FoE).

Though they concede nanotechnology has the potential to change energy usage patterns, the report's authors conclude that the large amount of energy needed to make nanotechnology products outweighs the benefits. For instance, making carbon nanofibers requires 95-360 times the energy to make steel.

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