Vision 2050: Roadmap for a Sustainable Earth

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Hiroshi Komiyama's "Vision 2050" is a plan for paving a road to global sustainability. It lays out a path to a sustainable future for humanity that could realistically be achieved by 2050 through the application of science and technology. A prominent Japanese academic and leader in global sustainability, Komiyama draws upon realistic assumptions and solid scientific concepts to create a vision that makes the living standards enjoyed by developed countries today possible for all people by 2050. "Vision 2050" is ...

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Overview

Hiroshi Komiyama's "Vision 2050" is a plan for paving a road to global sustainability. It lays out a path to a sustainable future for humanity that could realistically be achieved by 2050 through the application of science and technology. A prominent Japanese academic and leader in global sustainability, Komiyama draws upon realistic assumptions and solid scientific concepts to create a vision that makes the living standards enjoyed by developed countries today possible for all people by 2050. "Vision 2050" is built upon three fundamental principles – increased energy efficiency, recycling, and development of renewable energy sources – and the book argues for the technological potential of all three. Specifically, Komiyama envisions a three-fold increase in overall energy efficiency and a doubling of renewable energy resources by 2050. "Vision 2050: Roadmap for a Sustainable Earth" is written to address the concerned citizen as well as to inspire an exchange of ideas among experts, policy makers, industrial leaders, and the general public.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784431998037
  • Publisher: Springer Japan
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Is the earth sustainable?
1.Changes from which the earth recovers, and changes from which the earth does not
2. Mechanisms for recovery
3. A massive intervention by humanity into the biosphere
4. The flow of materials resulting from 'making things'
5. What happens if we continue with 'business as usual?'
Chapter 2: Knowing energy
1. Energy is conserved
2. What is energy used for?
3. Energy degrades
4. Improving efficiency
Chapter 3: The limit of energy efficiency
1. The elementary steps of human activities
2. The energy of elementary steps
3. The energy of human activities
Chapter 4: Energy conservation in daily life
1. The automobile
2. Homes and offices
3. Power plants
Chapter 5: Making things and recycling things
1. The theory of recycling
2. Recycling that is also energy conservation
3. Is it bad to burn waste paper and plastic?
Chapter 6: Introduction of renewable energy
1. Could intensification of nuclear power be the answer?
2. Sunlight
3. Hydropower and wind power
4. Geothermal and tides
Chapter 7: How to make a sustainable earth
1. The significance of the Kyoto Prool
2. Vision 2050: a new road to a sustainable earth
3. A concrete image for Vision 2050
(1) A three-fold increase in energy use efficiency
(2) Construction of a material recycling system
(3) Development of renewable energy
Chapter 8: How will technology and society work together?
1. Forming a total infrastructure for circulating materials in society
2. Making the market work for sustainability
3. Projects for Vision 2050
4. Rebuilding the relationship between technology and society
Postscript

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