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Energy Perspectives, Problems, and Prospects

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ISBN-10: 0195386116

ISBN-13: 9780195386110

Edition: 2010

Authors: Michael B. McElroy

List price: $88.00
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The book offers a comprehensive account of how the world evolved to its present state in which humans now exercise a powerful, in many cases dominant, influence for global environmental change. It outlines the history that led to this position of dominance, in particular the role played by our increasing reliance on fossil sources of energy, on coal, oil and natural gas, and the problems that we are now forced to confront as a result of this history. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is greater now than at any time over at least the past 650,000 years with prospects to increase over the next few decades to levels not seen since dinosaurs roamed the Earth 65 million years…    
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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/21/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Introduction
From Hunter-Gathers to English factories
Energy: What Is It and How Do We Measure It
Wood, Photosynthesis, and the Carbon cycle
Coal: Origin, History, and Problems
Oil: Properties, Origin, History, Problems, and Prospects
Nature Gas: Origin, History, and Prospects
Energy from Water and Wind
Nuclear Power
Steam Power
Electricity
Automobile, Trucks, and the Internal Combustion Enqine
The Challenge of Global Climate Change
Prospects for Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Ethanol from Biomass: Can It Substitute for Gasoline?
Current Patterns of Energy Use
Vision for a Low-Carbon Energy Future
Index