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Climate Change and Global Sustainability: A Holistic Approach

Series: Sustainability Science Volume: 2

Edited By: Akimassa Sumi, Nobuo Mimura and Toshihiko Masui

316 pages, Figs, tabs

United Nations University Press

Paperback | Mar 2011 | #185283 | ISBN-13: 9789280811810
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Because climate change involves a wide range of interlinked problems, solutions must be pursued in an interdisciplinary manner. This book adopts just such a holistic approach in examining various aspects of global warming, offering a comprehensive overview. First, the mapping of knowledge about global warming is presented as a framework for addressing the issue. This is followed by a discussion of risk in relation to global warming and of the communication of risk between academia and society. Impacts, adaptation strategies, the institution of a low-carbon society, and other policy concerns are then reviewed.

Because human behavior is a critical factor in the move toward a low-carbon society, issues involving quality of life are also presented, with an emphasis on philosophy. Finally, the book considers the integration of three scenarios-a low-carbon society, a resource-circulating society, and a society in harmony with nature-and presents a comprehensive vision of the future.

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Akimasa Sumi is executive director of the Transdisciplinary Initiative for Global Sustainability / Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, University of Tokyo. Nobuo Mimura is director of the Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science, Ibaraki University. Toshihiko Masui is chief of the Social and Environmental Systems Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.

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