Australia's Chief Scientist

Using technology to trump climate change

From house paint that acts as insulation to jet fuel made from plants, new technologies are paving the way forward in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

By using groundbreaking developments in nanotechnology and biotechnology, scientists and engineers are able to develop new materials that will drastically increase energy efficiency around the world.

Nanotechnology refers to the science of the very, very, (very) small-  a nanometre is just one millionth of a millimetre. By looking at materials on such a small scale, scientists are able to manipulate atoms and develop all new materials, including graphene, whose inventor won a Nobel Prize this year.

Biotechnology on the other hand, uses living things like plants, bacteria and genes, to develop new methods of conducting science, or developing new organisms.

To learn about the role nanotechnolgoy and biotechnology are playing in the battle against climate change, and all the brand new technologies, download this brochure, produced by CSIRO, TechNyou and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.