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Title Global climate change : the technology challenge / Frank T. Princiotta, editor
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 420 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
Series Advances in global change research ; v. 38
Advances in global change research ; v. 38
Contents Global climate change and the mitigation challenge / Frank T. Princiotta -- Coal and coal/biomass-based power generation / James R. Katzer -- Coal and biomass to liquid fuels / James R. Katzer -- The role of nuclear power in reducing greenhouse gas emissions / Anthony Baratta -- Renewable energy : status and prospects : status of electricity generation from renewable energy -- Mobile source mitigation opportunities / Michael P. Walsh -- Buildings : mitigation opportunities with a focus on health implications / Robert Thompson, James Jetter, David Marr, and Clyde Owens -- Reduction of multi-pollutant emissions from industrial sectors : the U.S. cement industry : a case study / Ravi K. Srivastava, Samudra Vijay, and Elineth Torres -- Geoengineering : direct mitigation of climate warming / Brooke L. Hemming and Gayle S.W. Hagler -- Research, development, demonstration and deployment issues in the power sector / Bruce Rising -- The role of technology in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from power sector in developing countries : the case of China, India, and Mexico / Samudra Vijay and Ananth Chikkatur -- Potential adverse environmental impacts of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies / C. Andrew Miller and Cynthia L. Gage
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Climate change mitigation.
Technology -- Environmental aspects.
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects.
Global warming.
Energy industries -- Technological innovations.
Form Electronic book
Author Princiotta, Frank T.
LC no. 2011929040
ISBN 9048131537 (electronic bk.)
9789048131532 (electronic bk.)