Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Business Competitiveness: The Fragility of Interdependence (Google eBook)

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Gower Publishing, Ltd., Aug 28, 2012 - Business & Economics - 386 pages
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Every generation leaves both assets and liabilities to the next. Alert people can see we are going to leave our children and grandchildren with a nearly unsolvable test of energy supplies; waste polluting the air and water; and the appalling problem of a huge and uncontrollable explosion in world population. Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Business Competitiveness addresses itself to those having a professional, academic or general interest in these issues: - Energy sources, their nature and contribution, - Environmental problems associated to power production and usage, - Financing and control of energy-related projects and processes, - Future direction of agriculture produce now used as energy, - Complex social and technical issues resulting from lack of family planning and, therefore, of demands for energy, - Impact of energy and an exploding population on pollution, - Truth and hype about the most talked about environmental subjects. In this fourth book for Gower, Dimitris Chorafas reviews Europe, America and Asia's energy needs in the coming decade, pointing out that current policies are inadequate at best, and more likely disastrous for the economy. Governments persist in having their own agenda and priorities as well as plenty of constraints and taboos, yet when he critically examines the challenges Dr Chorafas concludes that no government can solve all current energy problems by acting alone. The book confronts current thinking, and its after-effect on policies and practices. Readers accustomed to mainstream books and articles which blame fossil fuels for a deteriorating world environment will find this a contrary opinion.
  

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Contents

Preface
xv
The Pillars of a Realistic Energy Policy
1
Energy Means Power
3
The European Energy Policy Dilemma
25
Managed Oil Markets
45
Nuclear Energy
67
Alternative Energy Supplies
89
Biofuels The Green and Blue Revolutions and Agricultural Policy
115
Business Consequences of A Deteriorating World Environment
181
Strategic Inflection Points Business Risks and Opportunities
183
Producing and Trading Carbon Dioxide
203
Forests and Oceans The Lungs of the Earth
227
The Scarcity of Clean Water and its Impact
247
The Worlds Salient Problem Has Not Been Solved
269
Human Fertility The Number One Environmental Enemy
271
United Nations and its Conferences on Environmental Collapse
293

Biofuels and the European Union
117
The Green and Blue Revolutions that Have Never Been
139
The European Unions Common Agricultural Policy and its Travails
159
Can Science and Technology Solve Mankind s Practical Environmental Problems?
317
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Professor Chorafas is an academic and consultant. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and visiting faculty to the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). He has been a Fulbright Scholar and has taught in 10 universities around the world. During his career, Dr Chorafas has been a consultant to the board of UBS, Bank Vontobel, Bank of Scotland, Commerzbank, Istituto Bancario Italiano, Credito Commerciale, Banca Provinciale Lombarda, First Austrian Bank, Italcementi, AEG-Telefunken, Osram, General Electric Bull, and a number of other companies. Over 8,000 executives around the world have attended his seminar programme. In 1992, in conjunction with the Swiss Academies of Sciences, he established his Foundation which grants annual awards to the best PhD graduates at 25 partner universities worldwide. Dr Chorafas has authored 153 books on engineering, mathematics, banking and finance. Many of them have got 5 stars out of 5 in rating. Among his most recent are 'Globalization's Limits' and 'The Business of Europe is Politics' and 'Education and Employment in the European Union' (February 2011) published by Gower.

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