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The use of energy and the application of technology is central to many environmental problems of recent years, including global warming and acid rain. Though technology has often been a major cause of environmental problems in the past, new technologies offer many


Energy, Society and Environment is an introduction to energy and energy use, and the interreactions between technology, society and the environment. The book clearly examines key environmental issues and harmful impacts of energy use, and poses new

technological solutions to environmental problems, as well as societal implications for developing a sustainable approach to energy use. Energy, Society and Environment examines the potential and limits of technical solutions to environmental problems and suggests

socioeconomic and political changes necessary to avoid serious future environmental damage.

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Discusses the interactions between technology, society and the environment, suggesting that social, economic, and political changes, as well as technical solutions, may be necessary to avoid environmental damage in the future. Topics include the harmful impacts of energy use; the implementation of new technological solutions to environmental problems; and implications for society in developing a sustainable approach to energy use. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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'Although this is primarily a book on technology, it is written in a most accessible way ... It is a most interesting contribution to the ongoing and upcoming energy debates on society, economics, politics and the environment. Therefore it is a must for all those involved in this debate.' - International Journal of Environment and Pollution
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Series editor's preface
Study notes
List of abbreviations
Pt. 1 Environmental problems 1
1 Technology and society 3
2 Energy and environment 19
3 Sustainable technology 46
Pt. 2 Sustainable technology 67
4 Greening technology 69
5 The nuclear alternative 91
6 A nuclear renaissance? 107
7 Renewable energy 129
8 Renewables worldwide 154
9 Sustainable energy strategy 176
Pt. 3 Problems of implementation 191
10 Getting started: institutional obstacles 193
11 Keeping going: deployment problems 205
12 Case study: public reactions to wind farms in the UK 219
13 Public acceptance: the need for negotiation 235
Pt. 4 Sustainable society 249
14 Sustainable development 251
15 The global perspective 267
16 The sustainable future 281
17 Conclusions: the way ahead? 301
App. I Exploratory questions 319
App. II Contacts 321
Glossary 323
References 325
Index 339
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