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

ISBN-10: 0521747813
ISBN-13: 9780521747813
Edition: 2010
Authors: Burton Richter
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Burton Richter is the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Stanford University and Director Emeritus at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist for his pioneering work in the discovery of a heavy elementary particle.

Preface
List of units
List of conversion factors
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Climate
Greenhouse Earth
The science of the greenhouse effect
Climate modeling
Introduction
The first climate models
Climate change goes big time
The big problem: lifecycle of greenhouse gases
The global carbon cycle
Other greenhouse gases
Geoengineering
The past as proxy for the future
A short tour through 4.5 billion years
The past 400 000 years
The recent past
Predicting the future
Who does it?
How is it done?
Results
Where are we?
Energy
Talking up arms against this sea of troubles
Introduction
Energy now and in the future
Market exchange and PPP
Emission targets
Carbon dioxide equivalents
How fast to move: a physicist's look at the economists
Energy, emissions, and action
Setting the stage
Sources of emissions
Energy and greenhouse emission from fossil fuels
Reducing emissions
No silver bullets
Winners and losers
Fossil fuels - how much is there?
World oil reserves
World gas reserves
World coal
Conclusion
Electricity, emissions, and pricing carbon
The electricity sector
Pricing carbon emissions: carbon capture and storage
Does what goes into storage stay there?
Summary and conclusion
Efficiency: the first priority
Introduction
Primary and end-use energy efficiency
Transportation
Buildings
Conclusion
CAFE standards
Nuclear energy
Introduction
Radiation
Safety
Spent fuel: love it or hate it, we have it
Economics
Proliferation of nuclear weapons
Nuclear power as part of the solution
Nuclear power primer
France's long-range nuclear development plan
Producing material for weapons
Extract from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Issues in internationalizing the fuel cycle
Renewables
Introduction
Wind
Solar energy
Geothermal
Hydropower
Ocean energy
The electric power distribution grid
Photovoltaic cells
Biofuels: is there anything there?
Introduction
Phase-1: ethanol from starch and sugar
Phase-2: cellulosic ethanol
Phase-3: other processes
Summary
An energy summary
Policy
US policy - new things, bad things, good things
Introduction
Reducing emissions on a national scale
Bad things
Good things
World policy actions
Introduction
Kyoto-1: the Protocol of 1997
Kyoto-2
Coda
References
Index

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