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.



Water resource problems due to climate change

Water resource problems have had a discernible influence on many fields, directly in terms of food and ecosystems and indirectly in terms of waterborne infectious diseases, coastal erosion and so forth. Here we present four examples of climate-driven changes related to water resources: flood impact, sedimentation disaster, snow-water resource depletion and water quality problems in Japan. Water-related disasters are sometimes independent of water resources; however, Japan has struggled for a long time with regard to both flood control and sustainable water use because it frequently experiences floods and droughts due to its steep, mountainous terrain and high levels of rainfall. The following sections depict the vulnerability of social, environmental and economical sectors of Japan to climate change. Some of the adaptation measures that should be implemented are discussed in these sections.


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