Carbon Crunch: How We're Getting Climate Change Wrong--and How to Fix It

Carbon Crunch: How We're Getting Climate Change Wrong--and How to Fix It

by Dieter Helm
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300197195

ISBN-13: 2900300197197

Pub. Date: 09/10/2013

Publisher: Yale University Press

Despite commitments to renewable energy and two decades of international negotiations, global emissions continue to rise. Coal, the most damaging of all fossil fuels, has actually risen from 25% to almost 30% of world energy use. And while European countries have congratulated themselves on reducing emissions, they have increased their carbon imports from China and

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Despite commitments to renewable energy and two decades of international negotiations, global emissions continue to rise. Coal, the most damaging of all fossil fuels, has actually risen from 25% to almost 30% of world energy use. And while European countries have congratulated themselves on reducing emissions, they have increased their carbon imports from China and other developing nations, who continue to expand their coal use. As standards of living increase in developing countries, coal use can only increase as well—and global temperatures along with it.

In this hard-hitting book, Dieter Helm looks at how and why we have failed to tackle the issue of global warming and argues for a new, pragmatic rethinking of energy policy—from transitioning from coal to gas and eventually to electrification of transport, to carbon pricing and a focus on new technologies. Lucid, compelling and rigorously researched, this book will have a lasting impact on how we think about climate change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900300197197
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
296

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vi

List of Abbreviations vii

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Why should we worry about climate change?

1 How serious is climate change? 13

2 Why are emissions rising? 32

3 Who is to blame? 56

Part 2 Why is so little being achieved?

4 Current renewables technologies to the rescue? 75

5 Can demand be cut? 100

6 A new dawn for nuclear? 120

7 Are we running out of fossil fuels? 138

8 A credible international agreement? 156

Part 3 What should be done?

9 Fixing the carbon price 175

10 Making the transition 195

11 Investing in new technologies 213

Conclusion 232

Endnotes 247

Bibliography 260

Index 268

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