One of the most important issues facing humanity today is the prospect of global climate change, brought about primarily by our prolific energy use and heavy dependence on fossil fuels. Fueling Our Future: An Introduction to Sustainable Energy provides a concise overview of current energy demand and supply patterns. It presents a balanced view of how our reliance on fossil fuels can be changed over time so that we have a much more sustainable energy system in the near future. Written in a non-technical and accessible style, the book will appeal to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds.
Part I. Setting the Scene: 1. Introduction; 2. The energy conversion chain; 3. Energy and the environment; Part II. The Global Energy Demand and Supply Balance: 4. World energy demand; 5. World energy supply; Part III. New and Sustainable Energy Sources: 6. Non-conventional fossil fuels; 7. Renewable energy sources; 8. Nuclear power; Part IV. Towards a Sustainable Energy Balance: 9. The transportation challenge; 10. Achieving a sustainable energy balance; Index.
"Written in a nontechnical style, this work provides a balanced review of many of the most likely technologies in order to help readers achieve some level of understanding of the various options. Evans...has a wide background in the field and presents a reasoned approach to the energy discussion. Tables, charts, and illustrations highlight the text. Recent reference material follows each chapter. ...Recommended." - CHOICE