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★ [U05-01] On the development of Future Earth in Asia
Keywords:Environmental problems in Asia, Futurability, sustainability, natural disasters, Future Earth, Human-Nature interactive system
Here, I would like to emphasize the important role of Future Earth particularly in Asia. This region as a whole is characterized by rapid population and economic growth and urbanization, where great disparities of wealth both within and between countries, and social and ecological vulnerability to the potential impacts of climate change are increasing. Associated with this rapid population & economic growth, this region has become a huge hot-spot of greenhouse gas increase, air and water pollutions, affecting regional to global climate change. In addition, this region is located in the midst of monsoon climate and the huge active tectonic zone. These natural conditions cause high frequency of natural disasters, but also provide rich natural resources for agriculture & fisheries. The science community and society should tightly collaborate particularly in Asia to form Future Earth in Asia initiative, including the tight collaboration with IRDR. I do believe that without achieving sustainable society in Asia we cannot achieve global sustainability.