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Vision 2050: Roadmap for a Sustainable Earth

By: H Komiyama and S Kraines

162 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Aug 2008 | #177764 | ISBN-13: 9784431094302
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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 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.


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 efficiency1. The elementary steps of human activities2. The energy of elementary steps3. 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 Protocol
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 20504. Rebuilding the relationship between technology and society

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