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Overview

The relationship between energy and the environment has been the basis of many studies over the years, as has the relationship between energy and development, yet both of these approaches may produce distortions. In the first edition of this book, Professor Goldemberg pioneered the study of all three elements in relation to one another. With contributions from Oswaldo Lucon, this second edition has been expanded and updated to cover how energy is related to the major challenges of sustainability faced by the world today.

The book starts by conceptualizing energy, and then relates it to human activities, to existing natural resources and to development indicators. It then covers the main environmental problems, their causes and possible solutions. Disaggregating national populations by income and by how different income groups consume energy, the authors identify the differences between local, regional and global environmental impacts, and can thus ascertain who is responsible for them. Finally, they discuss general and specific policies to promote sustainable development in energy.

New coverage is included of today's pressing issues, including security, environmental impact assessment and future climate change/renewable energy regimes. The authors also cover all major new international agreements and technological developments. Energy, Environment and Development is the result of many years of study and practical experience in policy formulation, discussion and implementation in these fields by the authors. Written in a technical yet accessible style, the book is aimed at students on a range of courses, as well as non-energy specialists who desire an overview of recent thought in the area.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'We won't be able to address climate change if the world'sees it purely as an environmental problem. That's why books like this, which show we can tackle climate change and promote prosperity, are so important. By drawing out the links between climate change and economic development it provides the sort of broader framework for thinking that will help us get the big decisions right.'
Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK Government

'This very timely book is a welcome addition to the literature on a topic that is rightly occupying centre stage in global discussions. Climate change is the biggest challenge our civilisation has had to face because it requires the collective response of all peoples and all nations. The view of developing countries, contained in this volume, is crucial to negotiations towards defossilising our economies.'
Professor Sir David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (and Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government 2000-2007

'Energy systems need to change around the world to help address environment and other sustainable development challenges. How energy solutions can be identified, developed, and implemented is of great concern to us all. This is recommended reading!'
Thomas B Johansson, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden

'By far the most comprehensive global overview of the inter-relationships between energy, environment and human development. Replete with key data, charts and diagrams... A tour de force.'
Hazel Henderson, Ethicalmarkets.com

'loaded with information'
CHOICE Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844077496
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

José Goldemberg is a well-known author. He was rector of the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, where he still lectures. He has served in key decision-making positions, including as Federal Minister for the Environment, Secretary of State for Science and Technology and, years later, for the Environment. A Visiting Professor at Princeton University and at the International Academy of the Environment in Geneva, he has chaired several important works, such as the UNDP's World Energy Assessment. He contributed to the Nobel-awarded International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and was recognized by Time Magazine as a 'Hero of the Environment'. In 2008, he won the Blue Planet Prize for contributions to the environment.

Oswaldo Lucon is graduated in Civil Engineering and Law. He has a PhD in Energy and a MSc in Clean Technology. Working in the environmental field in the last 20 years, he has contributed to Goldemberg's works since 2002, both at USP and for the government. He was lead author of the 2006 IPCC Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Guidelines and is now lead author of the Panel's Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. Presently he is Technical Advisor on Energy and Climate Change at the São Paulo State Environmental Secretariat, participating in international initiatives for sustainable energy.

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Table of Contents

1. The Connections

2. Energy

3. Energy and Human Activities

4. Energy Sources

5. Energy and Development

6. Energy: The Facts

7. Energy and the Environment: The Causes

8. Technical Solutions

9. Policies to Reduce Environmental Degradation

10. World Energy Trends

11. Energy and Lifestyles

12. Energy and the Science Academies

Annex 1 - Energy, Environment and Development Timeline

Annex 2 - Conversion Units

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