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We Need Biology in the Fight Against Climate Change. But Are We Ready To Use It?


The following article is an opinion piece written by Markus Gershater. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Technology Networks.

Unless we act, climate change will cause untold suffering. Biology is one of the most powerful technologies available and could play a huge role in the fight. But our ability to work with it falls short. What can we do about it?

We’re often given advice that we should be doing more as individuals to help save the world. Turning down plastic straws, switching lights off, using less water and donating to plant trees. All good things, but it feels like we’re trying to stop a tidal wave with a paper umbrella. While we mean well, the temperature keeps rising; what good is a plastic-free straw when the world is on fire? The size of the challenge can be paralyzing, but we must find a way to graduate from these comforting placebos.

Here is my belief: we can’t even rely on business leaders or governments to make enough change to stave off disaster, let alone individuals. The sort of climate change impacts that would force urgency […]

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