Energy

ISBN-10: 0199812926
ISBN-13: 9780199812929
Edition: 2012
Authors: Jose Goldemberg
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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 to promote use of renewable energy sources, and how to plan for dwindling reserves of non-renewable energy.InEnergy: What Everyone Needs to Know, José Goldemberg, a nuclear physicist who has been hailed byTimemagazine 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 as non-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 is Carbon 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.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Energy: The Basic Concepts
What are forces?
What is-work?
What is energy?
Which are the common forces in nature?
What is friction?
How does one measure energy?
Can energy be created from nothing?
What is the First Law of Thermodynamics?
How Is Energy Used Today?
Present Energy Use
How much energy do humans need to keep alive?
How much energy do humans need for other activities?
What are the sources of energy we use?
What is the origin of the energy we use?
At what rate is energy consumption growing?
What is the relationship between population growth and energy growth?
Why is energy consumption "per capita" growing?
Mat is the relationship between energy and development?
What is energy intensity?
What is Vie Human Development Index?
What is the Gross National Happiness Index?
The World's Present Energy System
Energy Sources
Which are the primary energy sources?
What are secondary energy sources?
Why are there losses in converting energy sources?
What is a Sankey diagram?
Fossil Fuels
What are the fossil fuels
What do we know about coal?
What do we know about oil?
What is abiotic oil?
How is the price of oil evolving?
What do we know about natural gas?
What is the expected life of fossil fuel reserves and resources?
How unevenly distributed are reserves of fossil fuels around the world?
Renewables
What are renewables?
What is biomass?
What are hydroelectric plants?
What is wind energy?
What are photovoltaic panels?
What is solar thermal energy?
What is solar thermoelectricity?
What Is wave energy?
What is tidal energy?
What is geothermal energy?
What is the potential of renewable energies?
How much land is needed to produce energy from renewables?
What are the prospects for increased use of renewables?
Nuclear Power
What is nuclear power?
Why has the growth of nuclear energy declined since 1985?
What are the problems of nuclear waste disposal?
What is the nuclear "renaissance"?
What is nuclear fusion?
The Problems of the Present Energy System
Exhaustion of Fossil Fuels and Energy Security
Are fossil fuels being exhausted?
What is the "peak oil debate"?
What is energy security?
What are the problems of access to energy services in the developing countries?
Environmental Problems
Why are environmental problems so important today?
Which are the local environmental problems?
What is urban air pollution?
What is indoor air pollution?
Which are the regional environmental problems?
What is acid rain?
Which are the global environmental problems?
What is the greenhouse gas effect?
What is the connection between global warming and energy?
What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?
What are the facts concerning climate change?
What are forecasts of climate models?
What are the environmental impacts from renewable sources?
What are the impacts of hydroelectricity plants?
How serious are oil leakages and spills?
Is deforestation caused by energy use?
What is the ecological footprint?
Energy Costs
What are the costs of energy?
What are externalities?
What are "learning curves"?
How large are energy subsidies?
Technical Solutions and Policies
Energy Efficiency
What are the existing technical solutions to the present energy system?
What is the potential of energy efficiency?
What are the advantages of energy efficiency?
What are the barriers to energy efficiency?
What is the potential for energy efficiency in power production?
What is the potential of energy efficiency in buildings?
How can we increase energy efficiency in buildings?
What is building retrofitting?
What is the impact of urbanization on energy use?
What is the energy efficiency potential in industry?
What is the energy efficiency potential in transportation?
What is the "rebound" effect?
New Technologies
What is cogeneration?
What is the role of new technologies for fossil fuels?
What is Carbon Capture and Storage?
What is the future of transportation?
Are natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and hydrogen alternatives for transportation?
Are electrically powered vehicles feasible?
What are fuel cells?
How much progress is being made in battery storage?
What is the role of energy storage?
What is the role of long-distance electricity transmission?
What are smart grids?
What are the prospects of biomass?
te ethanol a good substitute for gasoline?
What are the prospects of biodiesel?
Is there competition between bioenergy and food?
Policies
What are policy targets for renewable energy?
What are biofuels mandates?
What are Renewable Portfolio Standards?
What are CAFE standards?
What are "feed-in tariffs"?
What is the Climate Convention?
What is the Kyoto Protocol?
What is "cap and trade"?
What are carbon taxes?
What is technological "leapfrogging"?
What is sustainable development?
Nontechnical Solutions
Energy and Lifestyle
What 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?
Decimal Prefixes
Common Energy Unit Conversion Factors
General References
Index

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