Entropy and Sustainability (00) Table of Contents

2018-08-26

The modern civilization that originated from the Industrial Revolution is now spreading throughout the world. The demand for natural resources is rapidly increasing and the environmental problems are getting globally more and more serious. Our civilization seems hardly sustainable. What should we do to make it sustainable? This book establishes the fundamental theory of the civilization, analyzes the problems of resources and the environment in terms of entropy, and suggests a solution to them.

(*) This book was first written in 2007 to summarize my theory of systems and offer a solution to the problems of natural resources and the environment. For some reasons, I could not publish the draft in 2007, but in 2018 I decided to publish it with some parts that hindered the publication deleted. As the information in this file is old, I will update the contents of this book someday.

Table of Contents
  • 1. Entropy and Systems
    • 1.1. The Definition of Entropy
    • 1.2. The Definition of Systems
    • 1.3. The Strategy of Survival
  • 2. History of Human Systems
    • 2.1. Preface
    • 2.2. The Human Evolution
    • 2.3. Revolutions in the Holocene
    • 2.4. Climate and Economy
  • 3. Decentralization of Powers
    • 3.1. Informational Systems
    • 3.2. Political Systems
    • 3.3. Economical Systems
  • 4. Pollution by Waste
    • 4.1. The Essence of Pollution
    • 4.2. Recycling of Materials
    • 4.3. Energy Recovery from Waste
  • 5. Global Warming
    • 5.1. The Current Climate Change
    • 5.2. The Causes of Global Warming
    • 5.3. The Impacts of Global Warming
  • 6. Desertification
    • 6.1. Natural Conditions of Desert
    • 6.2. Artificial Causes of Desertification
    • 6.3. Human Contribution to Vegetation
  • 7. Fuel Cells
    • 7.1. Preface
    • 7.2. The Merits of Fuel Cells
    • 7.3. The Problems to be solved
    • 7.4. Other Candidates
  • 8. The Kyoto Protocol
    • 8.1. Problems of Unfair Burden Sharing
    • 8.2. Problems of Flexible Mechanisms
    • 8.3. An Alternative Solution
  • 9. My Proposals for Sustainability
    • 9.1. Birth Control by Education
    • 9.2. Organic Agriculture
    • 9.3. Utilization of Biomass

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Posted by Nagai Toshiya