Advances in Global Change Research

Global Climate Change - The Technology Challenge

Editors: Princiotta, Frank (Ed.)

  • The book documents that from an energy/climate change viewpoint, civilization is on an unsustainable course
  • The book describes the status of technologies needed to protect the planet for future generations
  • The book concludes current technologies are inadequate and are not being developed at a pace consistent with the need
  • Geoengineering options are objectively considered; although only in conceptual stages, they offer the potential to allow humankind to buy time as we transform our energy production and use system
  • The book analyzes the unique mitigation challenges facing rapidly developing countries, such as China and India
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In order to avoid the potentially catastrophic impacts of global warming, the current 3% CO2 global emission growth rate must be transformed to a 1 to 3% declining rate, as soon as possible. This will require a rapid and radical transformation of the world’s energy production and end use systems. The current generation of energy technologies are not capable of achieving the level of mitigation required. Next generations of renewable, low carbon generation and end use technologies will be needed.

This book quantifies the mitigation challenge. It then considers the status of key technologies needed to protect the planet from serious climate change impact. Current and emerging technologies are characterized for their mitigation potential, status of development and potential environmental impacts. Power generation, mobile sources, industrial and building sectors are evaluated in detail. The importance and unique challenges for rapidly developing countries, such as China and India are discussed. Current global research and development efforts for key technologies are discussed. It is concluded that it will be necessary to substantially upgrade and accelerate the current worldwide RDD&D effort on both emerging energy technologies and those enabling technologies needed to improve mitigation effectiveness and economics. It will also be necessary to carefully evaluate the potential environmental characteristics of next generation technologies to avoid unacceptable health and ecological impacts.

Finally, given the monumental technological challenge associated with transforming the world’s energy system, geoengineering options are evaluated, since if successfully deployed, they have the potential to allow more time for the necessary energy system transformation.

‘This book on Climate Change not only gives a clear picture of the problem but suggests many of the pitfalls in solving it and recommends strongly, a research program to fill the gaps in our knowledge. It is a most useful reference book for all aspects of the problem.’ William D. Ruckelshaus, Madrona Venture Group/Evergreen Venture

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“This book addresses the challenges associated with mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions from combustion of fossil fuels, and reviews and evaluates the various technologies to reduce emissions and stabilize carbon dioxide concentrations. … There are many good references at the end of most chapters. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professionals; general readers.” (L. E. Erickson, Choice, Vol. 49 (4), December, 2011)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Global Climate Change and the Mitigation Challenge

    Princiotta, Frank T.

    Pages 1-50

  • Coal and Coal/Biomass-Based Power Generation

    Katzer, James R.

    Pages 51-87

  • Coal and Biomass to Liquid Fuels

    Katzer, James R.

    Pages 89-128

  • The Role of Nuclear Power in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Baratta, Anthony

    Pages 129-155

  • Renewable Energy: Status and Prospects – Status of Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy

    Baratta, Anthony

    Pages 157-189

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Climate Change - The Technology Challenge
Editors
  • Frank Princiotta
Series Title
Advances in Global Change Research
Series Volume
38
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3153-2
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3153-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3152-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3616-0
Series ISSN
1574-0919
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 420
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