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Vision 2050: roadmap for a sustainable earth

Author: Komiyama, Hiroshi ; Kraines, StevenPublisher: Springer, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 162 p. : Graphs/Ill./Photos ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9784431094302Type of document: Book
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Book Europe Campus
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Print GE42 .K66 2008
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Vision 2050 Roadmap for a Sustainable Earth Contents Preface .................................................................................................................. V Chapter 1 Is the Earth Sustainable? ..................................................................1 1 Changes from Which the Earth Recovers, and Changes from Which the Earth Does Not ............................................................................ 1 2 Mechanisms for Recovery................................................................................ 4 3 A Massive Intervention by Humanity into the Biosphere ............................... 6 4 The Flow of Materials Resulting from "Making Things" ................................13 5 What Happens if We Continue with "Business as Usual"?.............................. 21 Chapter 2 Knowing Energy ................................................................................ 27 1 Energy Is Conserved ........................................................................................27 2 What Is Energy Used for? ................................................................................37 3 Energy Degrades ..............................................................................................42 4 Improving Efficiency........................................................................................45 Chapter 3 The Limit of Energy Efficiency ........................................................49 1 The Elementary Steps of Human Activities .................................................... 49 2 The Energy of Elementary Steps ..................................................................... 50 3 The Energy of Human Activities ..................................................................... 59 Chapter 4 Energy Conservation in Daily Life................................................... 61 1 The Automobile................................................................................................ 61 2 Homes and Offices ...........................................................................................70 3 Power Plants .................................................................................................... 77 Chapter 5 Making Things and Recycling Things ............................................. 81 1 The Theory of Recycling ................................................................................. 81 2 Recycling That Is Also Energy Conservation ................................................. 85 3 Is It Bad to Burn Waste Paper and Plastic? ......................................................................................... 92 Chapter 6 Introduction of Renewable Energy ................................................. 97 1 Could Intensification of Nuclear Power Be the Answer?................................97 2 Sunlight ........................................................................................................... 99 3 Hydropower and Wind Power..........................................................................108 4 Geothermal Energy and Tides .........................................................................110 Chapter 7 How to Make a Sustainable Earth .................................................. 113 1 The Significance of the Kyoto Protocol ..........................................................113 2 Vision 2050: A New Road to a Sustainable Earth........................................... 117 3 Making Vision 2050 a Reality ........................................................................ 122 (1) A Three-fold Increase in Energy Use Efficiency.................................... 123 (2) Construction of a Material-Recycling System........................................ 129 (3) Development of Renewable Energy .......................................................131 Chapter 8 How Will Technology and Society Work Together? . . . ............... 135 1 Forming a Total Infrastructure for Circulating Materials in Society ......................................................................................................135 2 Making the Market Work for Sustainability ................................................... 141 3 Projects for Vision 2050.................................................................................. 144 4 Rebuilding the Relationship Between Technology and Society . . . ...............149 Postscript ............................................................................................................. 157 About the Authors ...............................................................................................161

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