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Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Masafumi Morisugi, Sho-ichi Iwamatsu (Eds.):: Balancing Nature and Civilization - Alternative Sustainability Perspectives from Philosophy to Practice, vol. 33 (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020).

ISBN (Print): 978-3-030-39058-7
ISBN (Online/eBook): 978-3-030-39059-4
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-39059-4

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This book is an outcome of an international symposium: Sustainability –Can We Design the Future of Human Life and the Environment? which was held as a satellite event of the “Love the Earth”-Expo 2005 (Aichi, Japan). Each chapter is based on the lecture given by the following eminent researchers: Yoshinori Ishii, Hans-Peter Dürr, Yoshinori Yasuda, Minoru Kawada, Yasunobu Iwasaka, Werner Rothengatter, Hisae Nakanishi, Yang Dongyuan, Lee Schipper, Itsuo Kodama, and Yoshitsugu Hayashi.

In the Part I titled “A Sustainable Relationship between Nature and Humans”, we discuss what will become of fossil fuels and petroleum, and what kind of indicators should be used to monitor the energy expended by human society. We then discuss environmental impacts caused by different civilizations and values on Nature and ethics, based on the perspective of environmental archaeology and on the discussions by Kunio Yanagita, the father of Japanese folklore study.

The Part II is titled and shows “International Conflict Concerning Environmental Damage and Its Causes”. The Asian dust (Kosa) is a typical example of transboundary conflicts between nations. Another example can be found in the EU’s attempt to put in place a common motorway toll system across EU countries having different geographical and economic conditions. Finally, Part III covers the opinions and further debates on sustainable future earth based on the lectures in Parts I and II. We hope that great insights in this book will come across to readers, and be of help in steering the world towards a sustainable society in harmony with biosystems on earth.

Keywords: Global Environment, Sustainability, Nature and Civilization, Energy and Resources, International Environmental Conflicts, landscape/regional and urban planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Center for Sustainable Development and Global Smart City Chubu University, Kasugai, Japan
  • Masafumi Morisugi,Faculty of Urban Science, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan
  • Sho-ichi Iwamatsu, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

About the editors

Yoshitsugu Hayashi (Japan), born in 1951, Professor Emeritus, Nagoya University; and Director, International Research Center for Sustainable Development and Global Smart Cities, Chubu University; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, China. He is a Full Member of the Club of Rome and President of the Japan Chapter, and also has been President of WCTRS (World Conference on Transport Research Society) till May 2019. His major fields of research are analysis and modelling of transport – land use interactions and the countermeasure policy to overcome negative impacts of urbanization and motorization. The results are published in such books as Land Use, Transport and The Environment (Kluwer,1996), Urban Transport and the Environment – An International Perspective (Elsevier, 2004), Intercity Transport and Climate Change – Strategies for Reducing the Carbon Footprint (Springer, 2014), the Japanese Edition of Factor 5 (Akashi-shoten, 2014) originally authored by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker et al., section author of Come on: Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet (Club of Rome Report, Springer, 2018) edited by Weizsaecker and Wijkman. Applications to practice include his proposition of rail transit oriented urban reform to overcome Bangkok’s hyper congestion as the leader of JICA project in mid-90’s, which became the trigger to reverse the budget of road vs. rail from 1:99 in 90’s to 82:14 in Transport 2020 Plan. He is also now JICA/JST research project leader of “Smart Transport Strategy for THAILAND 4.0”.

Masafumi Morisugi (Japan) Born in 1970. Professor at Meijo University, Japan. Doctor of Engineering and Master of Economics (Nagoya University), a visiting scholar at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany in year of 2017. Various activities around environmental economics and policies. His current research interests include evaluation several economic damages due to global warming, sand beach erosion, flood increasing, effects on skiing sites and health damages as heat stress and stroke. These topics have been conducted in such research projects as “The Social Implementation Program on Climate Change Adaptation Technology (SI-CAT)”, and several Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. The results are published in such a book as Resilience and Urban Disasters: Surviving Cities (New Horizons in Regional Science) (K. Borsekova and P. Nijkamp Ed., Edward Elgar, 2019).

Sho-ichi Iwamatsu (Japan) Born in 1971. Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University. Dr. Iwamatsu graduated from the faculty of engineering, Kyushu University in 1994, and received his doctoral degree (Engineering) from the same university in 2000. He started to work as Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University in 2002 and has held his current position since 2005. His research field is synthetic organic chemistry and current research interests include resource utilization and material transformation for sustainable cities and communities. He has authored various articles including Open-Cage Fullerenes: Synthesis, Structure, and Molecular Encapsulation (Synlett, Thieme, 2005), Endohedral Fullerenes with Neutral Atoms and Molecule In Strained Hydrocarbons: Beyond the Van't Hoff and Le Bel Hypothesis (H. Dodziuk Ed., WILEY-VCH, 2009).