Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change And Energy In The 21St Century (Canto Classics)

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change And Energy In The 21St Century (Canto Classics)

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Burton Richter
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 1/31/2015
EAN 9781107673724, ISBN10: 1107673720

Paperback, 380 pages, 21.6 x 13.7 x 2 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

Global climate change is one of the most important issues humanity faces today. This updated, second edition 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.

List of units
List of conversion factors
List of abbreviations
1. Introduction
Part I. Climate
2. Greenhouse Earth
3. Climate modelling
4. The past as proxy for the future
5. Predicting the future
Part II. Energy
6. Taking up arms against this sea of troubles
7. How fast to move
a physicist's look at the economists
8. Energy, emissions and action
9. Fossil fuels
how much is there?
10. Electricity, emission and pricing carbon
11. Efficiency
the first priority
12. Nuclear energy
13. Renewables
14. Biofuels
is there anything there?
15. An energy summary
Part III. Policy
16. US policy
new things, bad things, good things
17. World policy action
18. Coda