Chemistry: A Key to Human Progress
Presenter: Bassam Shakhashiri
Published: February 2013
Age: 14-19 and upwards
Views: 1433 views
Tags: waste environment resource sustainability
Source/institution: Royal Society of Chemistry
Basic research in science has greatly increased our understanding of nature, expanded frontiers of inquiry, shown us how little we know, triggered creative waves of invention and innovation, and prompted technological breakthroughs that were inconceivable just a few short decades ago. Professor, Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, President of the American Chemical Society, explains how the biggest challenge for chemistry today is to help sustain Earth and its people in the face of population growth, finite resources, malnutrition, spreading disease, deadly violence, war, climate change, and the denial of basic human rights, especially the right to benefit from scientific and technological progress.