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Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development

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Continuation along current development pathways is not sustainable. Current technologies and production practices and the consumption patterns of modern societies are leading to global warming and ecological destruction. Continuing down this road will put humanity on a collision course with planet Earth. A massive shift towards green technologies and sustainable production practices will be needed in order to secure decent livelihoods for present and future generations of humankind. In Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, renowned experts provide a variety of insights about feasible pathways for the required technological transformations. They spell out the behavioural and policy changes that would need to accompany the next green technological revolution, as well as the complexities of undoing locked in technologies and infrastructure in energy systems and agricultural value chains. They conclude that it can all be done, but not without much improved national innovation systems and drastic shifts in incentives and regulatory frameworks to induce the necessary shifts in public and private investment patterns. The macroeconomic costs, they contend, are quite affordable for societies worldwide.

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How to feed the world and save the planet

Global food prices have more than doubled over the past decade, reaching unprecedented highs. Increased prices have made food less affordable to many and exposed deep structural flaws in the global food system. Meanwhile, the increase in food production necessary to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding population will—under current technologies and practices—lead to further environmental destruction in the form of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), water pollution, and land degradation.

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