Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century

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Kris Nia, Apr 30, 2010 - Business & Economics - 226 pages
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Global climate change is one of the most important issues humanity faces today. This book assesses the sensible, senseless and biased proposals for averting the potentially disastrous consequences of global warming, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on switching to more sustainable energy provision. Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who has served on many US and international review committees on climate change and energy issues. He provides a concise overview of our knowledge and uncertainties within climate change science, discusses current energy demand and supply patterns, and the energy options available to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Written in non-technical language, this book presents a balanced view of options for moving from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels into a much more sustainable energy system, and is accessible to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds - students, policymakers, and the concerned citizen.

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About the Author
Dr. Burton Richter was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1976. He is a recipient of the E.O. Lawrence Medal from the U.S. Department of Energy, member of the National Academy of Sciences, past President of both the American Physical Society and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and has served on many U.S. and international review committees on climate change and energy issues. Past Loeb Lecturer at Harvard and Astor Lecturer at Oxford, Dr. Richter now serves on the board of directors for Scientists and Engineers for America, and continues his energy work at Stanford University.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Part I Climate
7
Part II Energy
47
Part III Policy
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Burton Richter is Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University. He is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist for his pioneering work in the discovery of a heavy elementary particle. He received the Lawrence Medal from the US Department of Energy and the Abelson Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Over the last decade, he has turned his attention from high-energy physics to climate change and energy issues, and has earned a strong reputation in this field as well. He has served on many national and international review committees, but his most direct involvement is with nuclear energy where he chairs an advisory committee to the US Department of Energy. He is also a chairman of a recent American Physical Society study on energy efficiency, and a member of the 'Blue Ribbon Panel' that oversaw the final edit of the US climate impact assessment that was released in 2000. He has written over 300 papers in scientific journals and op-ed articles for the NY Times, Washington Post, and LA Times.