Innovative Energy Strategies for CO2 Stabilization

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Robert G. Watts
Cambridge University Press, Jul 11, 2002 - Law
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The vast majority of the world's climate scientists believe that the build-up of heat-trapping CO2 in the atmosphere will lead to global warming unless we burn less fossil fuels. At the same time, energy must be supplied in increasing amounts for the developing world to continue its growth. This book discusses the feasibility of increasingly efficient energy use and the potential for supplying energy from sources that do not introduce CO2. The book analyses the prospects for Earth-based renewables: solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectricity, geothermal and ocean energy. It then discusses nuclear fission and fusion, and the relatively new idea of harvesting solar energy on satellites or lunar bases. It will be essential reading for all those interested in energy issues, including engineers and physicists (electrical, mechanical, chemical, industrial, environmental, nuclear), and industrial leaders and politicians. It will also be used as a supplementary textbook on advanced courses on energy.
 

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Contents

1 Concerns about Climate Change and Global Warming
1
2 Posing the Problem
27
3 Adaptive Strategies for Climate Change
45
A Little Goes A Long Way
87
5 The Potential of Renewable Energy to Reduce Carbon Emissions
123
6 Carbonless Transportation and Energy Storage in Future Energy Systems
181
7 What Nuclear Power Can Accomplish to Reduce CO2 Emissions
211
8 Nuclear Fusion Energy
325
Options and the Unique Roles of the Sun and the Moon
345
History and Prospect
411
Index
454
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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 Climatic Change, the 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, 1991, 2000) and is editor of Engineering Response to Global Climate Change (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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