The problems of global warming and environmental pollution are some of the most difficult challenges this planet faces in the 21st century. Carbon dioxide, often identified as one of the culprits, is an inevitable product of the combustion of fossil fuels, necessary for our modern economies to survive. Thus, The Carbon Dioxide Problem refers to the extremely complex matter of limiting carbon dioxide concentrations to levels that pose little environmental risk without devastating national economies and reducing living standards on the planet.
This timely book offers solutions to the global warming problem that lie in the development of comprehensive energy and environmental policies that emphasize the need to use energy efficiently while looking to develop alternative renewable sources. The experience of Japan is particularly relevant due to that country's great dependence on foreign fuel supplies, which has led it to be at the forefront of developing new energy conservation and antipollution technologies.
Table of Contents
1. Global Warming and Its Effects 2. Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and the Earth's Carbon Balance 3. Energy Conservation and Improvement in Energy Efficiency: Secondary Energy Systems 4. The Energy Problem and Carbon Fixation by Land Vegetation 5. The Role of the Oceans 6. Technologies for the Recovery, Storage, and Utilization of Carbon Dioxide Emitted as a Result of Energy Use 7. The World's Energy Problem and Carbon Dioxide Emissions 8. The Carbon Dioxide Problem: A Summary of Technological Measures, and a Review of Policy and Economic Options
Toshinori Kojima is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Chemistry, Seikei University, Tokyo. He obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Tokyo, where he was appointed Assistant Professor. He is the author of several books in Japanese including the original Japanese edition of this book published in 1994 by Agne Shofu.
Brian Harrison holds degrees in Chemistry from Imperial College, London University, and in Environmental Pollution Control from Leeds University. He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Policy Studies at Chuo University, Tokyo, and also lectures at the University of Tokyo. His translations include: Effects of A-Bomb Radiation on the Human Body, Ibe Czochralskt Process and Ibe Bauhaus: Ajapanese Perspective. He was the 1995 recipient of the annual translation award of the Japanese Society of Translators.