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Note the subtitle of a book hot off the presses:
Geo-engineering climate change : environmental necessity or Pandora’s box? / edited by Brian Launder, Michael Thompson.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Engineering & Computer Science|Stacks|1 copy|TD885.5 .C3 G46 2010

anthropo-engineering – this would have to be engineering of human biology, which is what medication does.

Positing ecosonance as the umbrella term, consonance would result from ecological vibes in tune with one another, dissonance would entail discordant ecological vibes. Thus, the ecosonic dyad,
ecosonance: (+) eco-consonance (-) eco-dissonance

A well-known eco-dissonant anthropo-engineering example (which started in 1996 in the Toronto area) is the case of Nancy Olivieri, the Hospital for Sick Kids doctor and researcher hematologist who chose to oppose the introduction of a new iron-levels regulating, dialysis-free “panacea”. She had witnessed its harmful, even lethal, side effects at the experimental stage. The pharmaceutical company, to which she was beholden by a confidentiality contract, insisted on releasing the drug.

The ensuing battle was public, (reputation-wise and research-wise) costly, with profit being pitted against conscience, and with basic values and – literally – children’s lives at stake. To the tune of eco-dissonant orchestration, interspersed with clear eco-consonant notes, the plot unfolds: the full gamut of science-binding administrative structures, the wide range of media interpretations, the lurking pitfalls of public and private trade-offs, loyalties compromised and regained, allies lost and found, envigorating losses and draining victories intertwined.

A short article by scholars with a track record in medicine-related ethical issues:
The Olivieri Case: Context and Significance
Dr. Jon Thompson, Dr. Patricia A. Baird, Dr. Jocelyn Downie
Ecclectica, 2005

For a discursive cross-section of ecological thinking, democracy theory and epistemic responsibility operative in the case, see L. Code (2006).