Global Environmental Security: From Protection to Prevention by L. R. Brown, E. Salim, T. Kashiwagi, K. Takeuchi (auth.),

By L. R. Brown, E. Salim, T. Kashiwagi, K. Takeuchi (auth.), Yuji Suzuki, Kazuhiro Ueta, Shunsuke Mori (eds.)

Z. Sonoda it truly is my nice honour to claim the hole of the 2d IBM Japan foreign Symposium on 'The worldwide Environment'. it's specially my honour, on behalf of IBM Japan, to welcome all of you so much exotic specialists of the realm. traditionally, IBM Japan has maintained a powerful curiosity within the safety of the worldwide atmosphere, not just as a member of the commercial group, but additionally as a member of the worldwide neighborhood the place environmental disruption has turn into a growing number of major and of universal quandary. In 1990, we held the 1st environmental symposium on 'Global Warming'. It provided a level to which either social and usual scientists may possibly deliver difficulties approximately 'The international surroundings' for in-depth discussions. certainly one of its conclusions comprises collaboration approximately socio­ fiscal points one of the industrialized and constructing nations. With this in brain, we now host the 2d symposium which focuses upon a socio-economic method of worldwide environmental difficulties. I needless to say the symposium will search an answer through reading genuine reports and situations from numerous elements of the realm, with certain awareness given to North/South concerns. therefore, now we have invited visitors from the USA, Europe, and neighbouring Asian nations alike. I want, and think, that the symposium will lead to new clues, towards a step forward for the betterment of our surroundings via optimistic and harmonious discussions during this attractive surroundings on the foot of Mt Fuji.

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The developmental functions are currently subject to certain constraints. Technology needs to be improved to overcome these difficulties. We have a huge unemployment rate in the developing countries and ways need to be found to maximize labor absorption. Organisational costs, capital input, resource efficiency and what Lester Brown called 'energy efficiency', expenditure and waste all need to be minimized per unit of output, while recycling per unit of TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND DEVELOPMENT 19 output needs to be maximized.

If application of high temperature (ambient temperature level) superconductivity becomes possible, construction costs may be reduced by 15-20% and the economics will improve substantially. 3 Comprehensive Development of Clean Energy: Japan and its Contribution to the International Community Energy and environmental problems in the twenty-first century will inevitably have a global character, which means that energy and environment measures developed to meet the needs of specific countries, such as Japan, will be of use and necessity to other countries as well.

1 Established clean energy technologies The fragility of the world energy supply structure plus the variety of factors requiring consideration when selecting energy alternatives make it difficult to conceive a solution in terms of one single energy source. At present, a best mix of diversified energy sources is often mentioned as a good solution. In the following paragraphs, a broad outline will be given of clean energy sources and technological strategies with a view toward rationalized energy utilization and global warming prevention.

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