Demystifying Climate Change

An Energy Story on Science, History, Threats, and Opportunities
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • erschienen am 5. Oktober 2017
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  • 222 Seiten
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An astounding cultural shift took place 150 years ago. Good science, hard work, and innovation propelled humanity into a world of convenience, comfort, and health that kings of old could never have imagined. It also cast a long shadow.
Today, we stand at a cross-road. Will we continue to limit ourselves to 19th century fossil fuel inefficiencies and pollution, thereby denying future generations the affluence we enjoy? Or will we gather the courage to move into a cleaner, safer more abundant solar powered world?
Using historical anecdotes as well as modern story-telling and basic science, this book describes how humans are changing the chemistry of our air and oceans. The great life-giving cycles that maintain a livable environment are being altered, causing wide range of consequences.
Serious as the situation is, it is also an opportunity. Very real solutions, both technological and economic are addressed. There is a promising future that awaits if we, as a species, are willing to take on the challenges of growth and change.
  • Englisch
  • Blue Ridge Summit
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  • USA
  • 2,76 MB
978-1-4758-3583-0 (9781475835830)
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By Jeffrey Loehr and Margaret Loehr
Preface Part I - The Nature of Energy Chapter 1: The Protagonist-Energy Chapter 2: Doing the Numbers-Measuring Energy and Power Chapter 3: The Dancer-Changing Forms of Energy Chapter 4: Can't Be Made, Can't Be Destroyed-Still Dancing Chapter 5: Wellspring of Energy-Surprise! It's All Nuclear Part II - The Ways of the Natural World Chapter 6: Homage to Sol Chapter 7: Storms Brewing-The Water Cycle Chapter 8: Solid Sunshine-The Carbon Cycle Chapter 9: How is a Saturn Moon Rocket Similar to a Cow? Respiration and Combustion Chapter 10: How is a Saturn Moon Rocket Different From a Cow? Fossil Fuels Part III - Global Warming and Climate Change-Why Should We Care? Chapter 11: Giver of Life-The Greenhouse Effect Chapter 12: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Chapter 13: So What? Consequences of a Warming Planet Chapter 14: The Other Guy Did It! Chapter 15: The Trouble with Scientists Part IV - How Did We Get to Here? Chapter 16: From the Dawn of Humanity until the Industrial Revolution Chapter 17: Four Revolutions Part V - The Way Forward Chapter 18: Getting More for Less-Efficiency Chapter 19: Electricity-The Problem and the Future Chapter 20: Turbine Free Electricity-Photovoltaics Chapter 21: What Else? Chapter 22: Just Keep Thinking Chapter 23: The Third Rail Solution - Population Chapter 24: Why Are We Slow to Act? Part VI - The Business of Energy Chapter 25: Disruption and Jobs Chapter 26: "Free Market"-The Cost of Energy Chapter 27: Looking for the Possible-Some Free Mlarket Solutions Chapter 28: Capitalism-Yea or Nay? Part VII - Into the Next Revolution Chapter 29: What Lies Ahead? Chapter 30: Ending the Gaian War Epilogue: Lessons From the Past Frequently Asked Questions Appendix A: Units of Measuring Energy and Power Appendix B: Electricity Terms Websites Referenced Glossary Annotated Bibliography About the Authors

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