Climate Change and Global Sustainability

A Holistic Approach

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Climate change owing to global warming is a paramount concern for society in the 21st century, and it is not an issue that can be solved by individual academic or scientific disciplines working in isolation. 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, and offers readers a comprehensive overview of the problem.



Introduction: From climate change to global sustainability

In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I AR4 (Fourth Assessment Report) clearly declared that the contribution of human activities to recent global warming is certainly more than 90 per cent (IPCC, 2007). This view is widely accepted by global scientific and political communities, which means that we have entered into an important stage of the global warming issue: the age of action. However, various questions will arise on entering this decisionmaking stage, and there may be increased levels of scepticism. It is therefore necessary to reconsider what the global warming issue means for our future and evaluate the available courses of action.


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