Innovative Energy Strategies forC02 Stabilization

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Innovative Energy Strategies for CO2 Stabilization

The vast majority of the world's climate scientists believe that the build-up in the atmosphere of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide will lead to global warming in the next century unless we burn less coal, oil and natural gas. At the same time, it is clear that energy must be supplied in increasing amounts if the developed world is to avoid economic collapse and if developing countries are to attain wealth. Innovative Energy Strategies for CO2 Stabilization discusses the feasibility of increasingly efficient energy use for limiting energy requirements as well as the potential for supplying energy from sources that do not introduce carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The book begins with a discussion of concerns about global warming and the relationship between the growing need to supply energy to the globe's population and the importance of adaptive decision making strategies for future policy decisions. The book goes on to analyze the prospects for Earth-based renewables: solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectricity, geothermal and ocean energy. The problems of transmission and storage that are related to many renewable energy options are discussed. The option of energy from nuclear fission is considered in light of its total possible contribution to world energy needs and also of the four cardinal issues on its acceptance by the public: safety, waste disposal, proliferation of nuclear weapons, and cost. A separate chapter reviews the potential of fusion reactors for providing a nearly limitless energy supply. The relatively new idea of harvesting solar energy on satellites or lunar bases and beaming it to Earth using microwaves is then explored in detail. Finally, the possibility of geo-engineering is discussed.

Innovative Energy Strategies for CO2 Stabilization will be essential reading for all those interested in the development of "clean" energy technologies, including engineers and physicists of all kinds (electrical, mechanical, chemical, industrial, environmental, nuclear), and industrial leaders and politicians dealing with the energy issue. It will also be used as a supplementary textbook on advanced courses on energy.

Robert G. Watts is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tulane University in Louisiana. His current research interests are in climate modeling, the socio-economic and political aspects of energy policy, and the physics of sea ice. His publications on these and other topics have appeared in Climate Change, Journal of Geophysical Research and Nature as well as the mechanical engineering literature. Professor Watts is the author of Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Curveballs, Knuckleballs, and Fallacies of Baseball (with A. Terry Bahill; W. H. Freeman publishers, 1991, 2000) and is editor of Engineering Response to Global Climate Change (Lewis Publishers, 1997). He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and has been an ASME Distinguished Lecturer. Recently, he gave the prestigious George Hawkins Memorial Lecture at Purdue University.

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