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Astrobiology, Sustainability and Ethical Perspectives

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  • Jacques Arnould

    () (CNES, French Space Agency, 2 place Maurice Quentin, F-75039 Paris, Cedex 01, France)

Abstract

Astrobiology, a new field of research associating the prospects and constraints of prebiotic chemistry, mineralogy, geochemistry, astrophysics, theoretical physics, microbial ecology, etc. , is assessed in terms of sustainability through the scientific and social functions it fulfils, and the limits it encounters or strives to overcome. In the same way as sustainable development, astrobiology must also take into account the temporal dimension specific to its field of investigation and examine its underlying conception of Nature.

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  • Jacques Arnould, 2009. "Astrobiology, Sustainability and Ethical Perspectives," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(4), pages 1-8, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:1323-1330:d:6524
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    Keywords

    astrobiology; sustainability; precautionary principle; cultural theory;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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