Global Sustainability and the Role of Asia

  • Hiroshi Komiyama
  • Toshio Osawa
Conference paper


The 20th century was an era of expansion. Every human activity expanded drastically, revealing that the earth is finite. The concentration of atmospheric C02 started to increase sharply (Fig. 1), and the concentration of ozone in the ozone layer decreased. Also, a significant portion of the natural environment on the earth was lost. For example, as much as 40% of the forests have already been lost through conversion into agricultural land, urban areas, or arid land. If the expansion of the 20th century continues, the future will be bleak in the 21st century, and degradation of the environment and depletion of natural resources will prevail.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Komiyama
    • 1
  • Toshio Osawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical System Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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