The global environmental issue is a serious problem that must be solved in order to sustain the development of human society and achieve better living. There are a variety of global issues, such as photochemical smog problems, waste problems, water pollution by trihalomethane and viruses, ozone depletion, global warming, and so on, especially in urban areas. However, none of these problems can be overlooked from the viewpoint of human health, ecological effects on animals and plants, and climate change impacts. These problems are closely related to energy issues.
Toward solving environmental problems
It goes without saying that elucidation of individual phenomena based on chemistry is indispensable for solving these problems. However, environmental problems are by-products as a result of human beings seeking a better life. The difficulty in solving these problems arises because scientifically correct answers are not always proper solutions. Chemical system engineering focuses on practical problems based on the academic foundations of chemistry and system engineering. In order to solve global environmental problems, it is necessary to approach them with systematically integrated knowledge based in reality, sometimes even beyond the boundaries of enterprises, research institutions, and universities.