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

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: December 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107673724

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  • 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.

    • Dispels confusion about all the potential solutions for averting climate change impacts, presenting both the limitations and the promise of our energy production options
    • Assesses the good and bad proposals for moving from heavy use of fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy provision in the future
    • Written in an accessible language by a Nobel Prize-winning scientist
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of previous edition: '… a wonderfully balanced overview. It opens with a fine summary of the science linking carbon to climate … provides a concise primer on the economics of long-term climate policy, and concludes with a short, sensible, and well-argued set of opinions and policy recommendations.' Physics Today

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107673724
    • length: 379 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    Burton Richter, Stanford University, California
    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.

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