Climate of Uncertainty: A Balanced Look at Global Warming and Renewable Energy

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Insightful and refreshingly level-headed, Climate of Uncertainty tackles all of the major climate change issues facing our world today. Global warming, renewable energy, expanding populations, sustainability-William Stewart examines each with an objectivity and grace rarely seen in an arena fraught with dissent and extremism.

Perfect for anyone seeking an understanding of all sides of the climate debate, Climate of Uncertainty has garnered praise from every part of the ...

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Overview

Insightful and refreshingly level-headed, Climate of Uncertainty tackles all of the major climate change issues facing our world today. Global warming, renewable energy, expanding populations, sustainability-William Stewart examines each with an objectivity and grace rarely seen in an arena fraught with dissent and extremism.

Perfect for anyone seeking an understanding of all sides of the climate debate, Climate of Uncertainty has garnered praise from every part of the ideological spectrum, proving that sometimes the most powerful voices are not the loudest, but rather the most rational.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976729167
  • Publisher: Ocean Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 982,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 Three Keys to Unlocking the Mysteries of Climate Change 3

2 The Basics of Climate Change 11

3 Feedback Loops (Nature's Risk Amplifiers) 23

4 El NiƱo, Volcanoes, and Global Dimming (The Climate Change Wildcards) 29

5 Future Manifestations of Global Warming (The Potential Costs of Inaction) 37

6 Climate Change Skeptics (Scientific Champions or Modern-Day Charlatans?) 55

7 Population and Sustainability (Smaller Footprints/More Feet) 75

8 Governments Step In-Except When They Don't (Solving the "Problem of the Commons") 81

9 Peak Oil (Global Warming's Evil Twin) 95

10 Glimpsing a Sustainable Future (Terawatts, Electric Vehicles, and the Smart Grid) 105

11 Nuclear Power and Clean Coal (Bridges to a Sustainable Future) 115

12 Renewable Options-Electricity (Reading the Menu at the Last Chance Saloon) 125

13 Renewable Options-Transportation (Biofuels and Hydrogen) 141

14 Picking the Least-Flawed Alternatives (Adventures in the Abyss) 149

Recommended Reading 161

Endnotes 163

Index 175

About the Author 182

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