Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2008-2009: with a Special Section on Energy and Sustainability / Edition 2

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Taken from the pages of Science and supplemented by contributions from the magazine’s editors, State of the Planet 2008-2009 offers contemporary science writing that is sometimes provocative, frequently enlightening, and always authoritative. Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science is one of the most respected scientific magazines in the world. With a readership of more than one million people, it offers “hard science” from top scientists to both educated lay readers and scientists alike.

The articles collected here are arranged thematically and each section is introduced by a prominent scientist or science writer. Donald Kennedy, who was Editor-in-Chief of Science when these articles appeared in the magazine, contributes a preface and several short essays. Focusing on issues of energy and sustainability, sections of the volume are devoted to the prospects of energy-sparing technologies and alternatives to fossil fuel use, including ethanol and cellulosic digestion. Other sections center on climate change, led by a comprehensive essay on the state of scientific knowledge today and followed by contributions about the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, as well as the effects of climate change that have been measured to date, including changes in migration and breeding cycles of birds and flowering in plants, changing patterns of hurricanes and extreme weather events, and alterations in forest fire frequency.

Interspersed throughout the book are Science news pieces that highlight particular issues and cases relevant to the main scientific findings. A glossary of key terms and concepts helps students and nonspecialists better understand the terminology and the issues.

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Editorial Reviews

Natural Areas Journal

"The book provides a nice blend of somewhat technical reading with essays that are easily comprehensible for various audiences...great backbone of data from top-rate scientists"

Natural Areas Journal
"The book provides a nice blend of somewhat technical reading with essays that are easily comprehensible for various audiences...great backbone of data from top-rate scientists"
coauthor of Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy - Congressman Jay Inslee
"If you have a certain affection for our little blue home planet and wonder how it fares, you couldn't do better than by reading this work. From our energy opportunities to our Arctic challenges, it is cutting edge science made readable. I hope all Congressmen read it!"
science advisor to President Clinton 1992-1997 - Dr. John H. Gibbons
"State of the Planet 2008-2009 brings to the reader a well written and diverse array of information and knowledge recently gained about the influence of human activities on our only home. The information thoughtfully summarized and integrated in State of the Planet makes the case: if we act together, we can succeed in keeping planet earth habitable."
professor of environmental and energy planning, Virginia Tech - John Randolph
"This book provides a one-stop shop for the best of Science on energy and environment. Through original research articles and interpretive commentary, it assesses critical issues and explores necessary solutions. It is a great source for teachers, students, and all who care about the future of their planet."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597264051
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Kennedy served as editor-in-chief of Science from 2000-2007. A biologist by training, Kennedy is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science emeritus and President emeritus at Stanford University. In the late 1970s he served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is the author of many books, including Academic Duty, an overview of American higher education at the end of the twentieth century.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Donald Kennedy 1

Energy Solutions

Introductions Donald Kennedy 5

The Energy-Economy-Environment Dilemma John P. Holdren 8

Renewable Energy Sources and the Realities of Settings at Energy Agenda Janez Potocnik 16

Ethanol for a Sustainable Energy future Jose Goldemberc 21

The Billion-Ton Biofuels-Vision Chris Somerville 28

The Biofuels Conundrum Donald Kennedy 31

Carbon-Negative Biofuels from Low-Input High-Diversity Grassland Biomass David Tilman Jason Hill Clarence LEHMAN 33

Commentary: Carbon-Negative Biofuels form Low-Input High-Diversity Grassland Biomass" Michael P. Russelle R. Vance Morey John M. Baker Paul M. Porter Hans-Joachim G. Jung 40

Response to Commentary: "Carbon Negative Biofuels from Low-Input High-Diversity Grassland Biomass" David Tilman Jason Hill Clarence Lehman 43

Can the Upstarts Top Silicon? Robert F. Service 47

What's Already Happened?

Introduction Donald Kennedy 57

Warming and Earlier Spring Increaser Western U.S. Forest Wildfire Activity A.L. Westerling H. G. Hidalgo D. R. Cayan T.W. Swetnam 63

How Much More Rain Will Global Warming Bring? Frank J. Wentz Lucrezia Ricciardull Kyle Hilburn Carl Mears 74

Running Out of Water and Time John Bohannon 82

Rapid Advance of Spring Arrival Dates in Long-Distance Migratory Birds Niclas Jonzen Anderas Linden Torbjorn Ergon Endre Knudsen Jon Olva Vik Diergo Rubolini Dario Piacentini Christian Brinch Fernando Spina Lennart Karlsson Matin Stervander Arne Andersson Jonas Waldenstrom Aleksi Lehikoinen Erik Edvardsen Rune Solvang Nils Chr. Stenseth 88

Perspectives on the Arctic's Shrinking Sea-Ice Cover Mark C. Serreze Marika M. Holland Julienne Stroeve93

Recent Sea Level contributions of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets Andrew Shepherd Duncan Wingham 103

projecting The Future

Intruduction Donald Kennedy 115

IPCC Report Lays Out Options for Taming Greenhouse Gases John Bohannon Eli Kintisch 119

The Limits of Consensus Michael Oppenheimer Brian C. o'Neill Mort Webster Shardul Agrawala 123

Commentary: A Closer Look at the Ipcc Report Susan Solomon Richard Alley Jonathan Gregory Peter Lemke Martin Manning 128

Response to Commentary: A Closer Look at the IPCC Report Michael Oppenheimer Brain O'Neill Mort Webster Shardul Agrawala 130

Simulating Arctic Climate Warmth and Ice Fields Retreat in the Interglaciation Bette L. Otto -Bliesner Shawn J. Marshall Jonathan T. Overpeck Gifford H. Miller Aixue Hu Cape Last Interglacial Project Members 132

A Semi-Empirical Approach to Projecting Future Sea Level Rise Stefan Rahmstorf 140

Prioritizing Climate Change Adaptation Needs for Food Security in 2030 David B. Lobell Marshall B. Burke Claudia Tebaldi Michael D Mastrandrea Walter P. Falcon Rosamond L. Naylor 146

Critical Assumptions in the Stern Review on Climate Change William Nordhaus 155

Climate Change: Risk, Ethics, and the Stern Review Nicholas Stern Chris Taylor 161

Dealing With Climate Change

Introduction Donald Kennedy 169

A Combined Mitigation-Geoengincering Approach to Climate Stabilization T.M. L. Wigley 173

Preparing to Capture Carbon Daniel P. Schrac 180

A Guide to Co2 Sequestration Klaus S. Lackner 186

Carbon Trading William H. Schlesincer 191

Carbon Trading Over Taxes William Chameides Michael Oppenheimer 193

Index 197

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