Energy, Environment, and Climate Change / Edition 1

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Overview

In this new study of energy use and global climate change, Richard Wolfson outlines basic science concepts as well as specific, contemporary applications in energy production and their environmental consequences.Energy, Environment, and Climate is structured on the premise that climate change is the dominant energy-related environmental issue of the twenty-first century. Traditional concerns like pollution and conservation of energy resources are covered with clear, scientific explanations. Unique to this text, a full five chapters—about one-third of the content—are devoted to climate and an understanding of the energy/climate link. Included are over 250 photographs and illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393927634
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/6/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wolfson is Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College, where he also teaches environmental studies. He holds a BA from Swarthmore, an MS in environmental studies from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. in physics from Dartmouth. His research involves solar astrophysics and terrestrial climate change. Wolfson’s books include introductory physics texts as well as Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology (MIT Press 1993) and Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified (W.W. Norton 2003). He has produced four video courses for The Teaching Company: Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Nonscientists (1995 & 1999); Energy and Climate: Science for Citizens in the Age of Global Warming (1996); Physics in Your Life (2004); and Earth’s Changing Climate (2007).
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Table of Contents

Preface     xiii
A Changing Planet     1
High-Energy Society     22
Energy: A Closer Look     37
Energy and Heat     68
Fossil Fuel Energy     105
Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuels     143
Nuclear Energy     177
Energy from Earth and Moon     224
Direct from the Sun: Solar Energy     251
Indirect from the Sun: Water, Wind, Biomass     292
Hydrogen Futures?     332
Keeping Warm: The Science of Climate     356
Forcing the Climate     377
Is Earth Warming?     403
Future Climates     426
Energy and Climate: Breaking the Link     456
Appendix     483
Glossary     489
Suggested Readings     501
Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises     507
Credits and Data Sources     509
Index     521
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