Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback | June 20, 2012

byJose Goldemberg

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Without a doubt, the topic of energy - from coal, oil, and nuclear to geothermal, solar and wind - is one of the most pressing across the globe. It is of paramount importance to policy makers, economists, environmentalists, and industry as they consider which technologies to invest in, how topromote use of renewable energy sources, and how to plan for dwindling reserves of non-renewable energy.In Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know, Jose Goldemberg, a nuclear physicist who has been hailed by Time magazine as one of the world's top "leaders and visionaries on the environment," takes readers through the basics of the world energy system, its problems, and the technical as well asnon-technical solutions to the most pressing energy problems. Addressing the issues in a Q-and-A format, Goldemberg answers such questions as: What are wind, wave, and geothermal energy? What are the problems of nuclear waste disposal? What is acid rain? What is the greenhouse gas effect? What isCarbon Capture and Storage? What are smart grids? What is the Kyoto Protocol? What is "cap and trade"? The book sheds light on the role of population growth in energy consumption, renewable energy resources, the amount of available energy reserves (and when they will run out), geopolitical issues, environmental problems, the frequency of environmental disasters, energy efficiency, new technologies,and solutions to changing consumption patterns. It will be the first place to look for information on the vital topic of energy.

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Without a doubt, the topic of energy - from coal, oil, and nuclear to geothermal, solar and wind - is one of the most pressing across the globe. It is of paramount importance to policy makers, economists, environmentalists, and industry as they consider which technologies to invest in, how topromote use of renewable energy sources, and...

Jose Goldemberg, a world-renowned expert on energy, is former Rector and Professor at the University of Sao Paulo and served as Secretary of State for Science and Technology and Secretary of the Environment for Brazil. He is the winner of the 2010 Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 20, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199812926

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PrefacePart I: ENERGY - the basic concepts1. ENERGY - the basic conceptsPart II: THE WORLD'S PRESENT ENERGY SYSTEMS2. Energy Sources3. Fossil Fuels4. Renewables5. Nuclear PowerPart III. THE PROBLEMS OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM6. Exhaustion of fossil fuels7. Energy Security8. Environmental problems9. Energy CostsPart IV : TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS AND POLICIES10. Energy efficiency11. Renewables12. New technologies13. PoliciesPart V: NON-TECHNICAL SOLUTIONSWhat is the relationship between energy and lifestyles?Is technological development the only driving force for changing lifestyles?What is the impact of transportation modes on lifestyles?What are the major determinants of lifestyles changes?Appendix I Decimal prefixesAppendix II Energy units conversion factors