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This book provides detailed yet easily understandable information about sustainable energy alternatives in the context of growing public concern about climate change, the impending fuel crisis and environmental degradation. It deals with the history of energy use and the factors that have led to the current interest in energy alternatives and assesses the chance of renewable energy replacing fossil fuels in the future. The authors manage to make a highly complex and often intimidating subject not only accessible but also engaging and entertaining. This book unpacks but never simplifies the science of energy, leavening the more technical passages with anecdotes, metaphors, examples and imagery. By also dealing with the history, politics and economics of energy use, it offers both scientific and non-scientific readers a deeper understanding of the most important issue of our age.Read more
- An entertaining and accessible introduction to the history, politics, technology and economics of energy
- Analyses probable scenarios for future energy use
- Objectively presents the arguments, pros and cons for all energy sources and technologies
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"This sober and thorough introduction to energy use and sustainable options should be accessible to a wide selection of readers from high-school kids and non-science college students to political decision-makers. It is clearly divided into one part discussing the status of each energy solution and another describing environmental and social concerns, reflecting opinions from a select range of literature quotes."
Bent Sørensen, Roskilde University, DenmarkSee more reviews
"This is a beautifully written and illustrated, even-handed overview of renewable energy, looking at the problems as well as the potential, in a very accessible way. Ideal as an introduction, but also with sufficient detail and references to aid more advanced study. The coverage is exemplary, and is not limited to just the technical issues: they are put in a wider social, environmental and economic context, providing an excellent guide to the choices ahead."
David Elliot, The Open University, Milton Keynes
"This primer on renewable energy, aimed at a non-technical audience, clearly illustrates the opportunities and challenges inherent in replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. The book should appeal to a wide range of readers who want to know more about how they may be able to influence the difficult transition to a low-carbon energy future."
Robert L. Evans, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
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- Date Published: March 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107698369
- length: 304 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.54kg
- contains: 137 b/w illus. 20 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. What is energy?
2. Where does energy come from?
3. How much energy is enough?
4. How energy is produced
5. Challenging times: the politics and economics of energy
6. The price of energy consumption
7. Energy from my backyard.
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