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November 19 , 2008

Climate Change and Energy

Japanese Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation Strategy


Within the contexts of the global warming crisis facing the world, climate change mitigation strategies must be developed with a deep understanding of the science behind the impact of climate change and adaptations that must be made. This book discusses the mitigation strategy of climate change from the perspective of Japan and adopts a comprehensive view on climate change science, taking into consideration the recent international discussions on the subject, including those of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Furthermore, this book discusses energy and environment strategies in Japan, particularly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power accident, underpinning Japan's historical lack of natural resource and the resulting difficulties it faces in keeping up with the demand for energy. Finally, this book provides the quantitative model to assess scenarios for climate mitigation and their associated costs and economic impacts for the formulation of a national strategy for an effective and sustainable set of climate change mitigation measures.

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  • Overview: Basic Strategy for Mitigating Climate Change (Yoichi Kaya):
    • Brief History of the Reaction of Mankind to Climate Change
    • Causes and Impacts of Climate Change
    • The 2-Degree Target
    • Characteristics of Energy and Measures for Reducing CO2 Emission
    • Discussion on Attainability of the 2-Degree Target
    • Construction of a New Target
  • Japan's Energy and Environmental Policy (Kenji Yamaji):
    • Brief History of Japan's Energy and Environmental Policy
    • Reconstruction of Energy and Environmental Policy after Fukushima
    • Managing the Nuclear Risk
    • The Future of Renewable Energy
    • Frontiers of Energy and Environmental Policy in Japan
  • Model Analysis for Climate Change Mitigation Strategy (Keigo Akimoto):
    • Introduction to Model Analysis for Climate Change Mitigation Strategy
    • Assessment of Sustainable Development Scenarios
    • Assessment of Climate Change Mitigation Measures
    • Assessment of Japanese Energy and Environmental Strategy

Readership: Graduate students, researchers and readers interested in energy studies and climate change mitigation.
Key Features:
  • There are few books for climate change mitigation written in English from a Japanese point of view
  • The authors are outstanding researchers for climate change mitigation and energy policies in Japan
  • The lead author, Yoichi Kaya, is also well known within the research society for climate change mitigation in the world as the developer of the “Kaya-identity”, which has often been adopted in several IPCC reports
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