xxii, 392 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Arising from the 1st Interdisciplinary Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability in Potsdam, this book brings together Nobel Laureates in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Economics and Peace - top-level representatives from politics and NGOs, and renowned experts on sustainability. In an unparalleled attempt to address humankind's transformation to global sustainability, the authors explore the best scientific and political strategies for reconciling our civilization with its physical and ecological support systems. The book features a radically interdisciplinary approach through a broad range of contributions, covering the latest insights from climate impact research, environmental economics, energy resource analysis, ecosystems science, and other crucial fields. It is for everyone interested in sustainability issues. Intellectually stimulating articles address the complex challenges arising from the need to avoid dangerous climate change, covering both advanced mainstream concepts and novel transformational approaches.
This book arose from the first Interdisciplinary Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability, held in Potsdam, Germany in 2007.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Save the boot room / Ian McEwan Transformations of the twenty-first century : transitions to greater sustainability / Murray Gell-Mann Commentary : integrated sustainability and the underlying threat of urbanization / Geoffrey B. West Commentary : earth system analysis and taking a crude look at the whole / Wolfgang Lucht Making progress within and beyond borders / Johan Rockström, Katrin Vohland, Wolfgang Lucht, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, and Tariq Banuri Towards a sustainable future / James P. Leape and Sarah Humphrey Scientific understanding of climate change and consequences for a global deal / Stefan Rahmstorf, Jennifer Morgan, Anders Levermann, and Karsten Sach Towarda a global deal on climate change / Nicholas Stern and Su-Lin Garbett-Shiels Commentary : the German contributions to a global deal / Sigmar Gabriel A 'just' climate agreement : the framework for an effective global deal Sunita Narain Commentary : carbon justice and forestation : the African perspective / Wangari Maathai Carbon offsets, the CDM, and sustainable development / Diana M. Liverman Insights into the climate challenge / Rajendra Panchauri Commentary : climate change : learning from the stratospheric ozone challenge / Mario Molina Climate change, poverty eradication, and sustainable development / Nitin Desai Commentary : Development and sustainability : conflicts and congruence / Kirit S. Parikh Robust options for decarbonization / Thomas Bruckner, Ottmar Edenhofer, Hermann Held, Markus Haller, Michael Lüken, Nico Bauer, and Nebojsa Naikicenovic Price and quantity regulation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions / Ottmar Edenhofer, Robert Pietzcker, Matthias Kalkuhl and Elmar Kriegler Commentary : controlling climate change economically / James Mirrlees What is the top priority on climate change? / Paul Klemperer Research and technology for sustainability : a global cause / Annette Schavan Commentary : energy research and technology for a transition toward a more sustainable future / Nebojsa Nakicenovic A world powered predominantly by solar and wind energy / Walter Kohn Low-cost 'plastic' solar cells : a dream becoming a reality / Alan Heeger Smart grids, smart loads, and energy storage / Joachim Luther The SuperSmart grid : paving the way for a completely renewable power system / Antonella Battaglini, Johan Lilliestam, and Gerhard Knies Getting the carbon out of transportation fuels / Felix S. Creutzig and Daniel M. Kammen Opportunities for technological transformations : from climate change to climate management? / Maria Magdalena Titirici, Dieter Murach, and Markus Antonietti Promoting science, technology and innovation for sustainability in Africa / Mohamed H.A. Hassan Information flow : the basis for sustainable participation / John Sulston Commentary : Educating and motivating global society / Susanne Kadner Commentary : Democracy and participation / Achim Steiner Potsdam Memorandum Commentary : The Potsdam Memorandum : a remarkable outcome of a most important conference / Klaus Töpfer.