Scientific American: Oil and the Future of Energy: Solutions Beyond Carbon from Today's Top Scientists

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With their impeccable reputation for top science reporting, the editors of Scientific American present influential information from the most important scientists and science writers in Oil and the Future of Energy. This one volume is an unparalleled resource on fossil fuels and the related geopolitics, climate change and climate repair, and energy options for the future, including hydrogen, nuclear power, renewable resources, and transitional strategies.

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Overview

With their impeccable reputation for top science reporting, the editors of Scientific American present influential information from the most important scientists and science writers in Oil and the Future of Energy. This one volume is an unparalleled resource on fossil fuels and the related geopolitics, climate change and climate repair, and energy options for the future, including hydrogen, nuclear power, renewable resources, and transitional strategies.

With contributions from leading writers, including W. Wayt Gibbs and Raymond Socolow, this book brings together the most authoritative and accessible science writing on a topic of intense public interest and concern to businesspeople,
investors, and all who care about the planet.

Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 150 years. The magazine publishes nineteen foreign-language editions and has a total of more than one million copies in circulation worldwide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599211176
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,391,998
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 150 years. The magazine publishes fifteen foreign-language editions and has a total of more than 1,000,000 copies in circulation worldwide.

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Table of Contents


The Era of Oil and Coal
Oil Production, Climate Change and Geopolitics     1
The End of Cheap Oil   Colin J. Campbell   Jean H. Laherrere     1
The End of Oil   Paul Raeburn     8
Oil Production in the 21st Century   Roger N. Anderson     10
The Arctic Oil and Wildlife Refuge   W. Wayt Gibbs     13
Climate Repair: Carbon Capture     20
A Climate Repair Manual   Gary Stix     20
Defusing the Global Warming Time Bomb   James Hansen     24
Capturing Greenhouse Gases   Howard Herzog   Baldur Eliasson   Olav Kaarstad     34
Can We Bury Global Warming?   Robert H. Socolow     44
A Plan to Keep Carbon in Check   Robert H. Socolow   Stephen W. Pacala     52
What to Do About Coal   David G. Hawkins   Daniel A. Lashof   Robert H. Williams     62
Soccer Goes Green   Gunjan Sinha     70
The Future of Energy
Nuclear: Second Time Around     75
Next-Generation Nuclear Power   James A. Lake   Ralph G. Bennett   John F. Kotek     75
The Workings of an Ancient Nuclear Reactor   Alex P. Meshik     89
Smarter Use of Nuclear Waste   William H. Hannum   Gerald E. Marsh   George S. Stanford     98
The Nuclear Option   John M. Deutch   Ernest J. Moniz     106
Fuel Cells and a Hydrogen Economy     114
The Power Plant in Your Basement   Alan C. Lloyd     114
The Ultimate Clean Fuel   Julie Wakefield     121
Questions about a Hydrogen Economy   Matthew L. Wald     124
A Power Grid for the Hydrogen Economy   Paul M. Grant   Chauncey Starr   Thomas J. Overbye     132
High Hopes for Hydrogen   Joan Ogden     140
Transportation Options     147
Liquid Fuels from Natural Gas   Safaa A. Fouda     147
Pumping Coal   Gunjan Sinha     152
Vehicle of Change   Lawrence D. Burns   J. Byron McCormick   Christopher E. Borroni-Bird     153
Fueling Our Transportation Future   John B. Heywood     162
An Energy-Efficient Economy     167
A Waste of Energy   The Editors     167
More Profit with Less Carbon   Amory B. Lovins     168
An Efficient Solution   Eberhard K. Jochem     180
In Pursuit of the Ultimate Lamp   M. George Craford   Nick Holonyak Jr.   Frederick A. Kish, Jr.     183
Power-Thrifty PCs   Steven Ashley     189
Renewable Energy and Other Options     191
Turning Green   Tim Beardsley     191
The Rise of Renewable Energy   Daniel M. Kammen     193
Solar Energy   William Hoagland     202
More Power to Solar   George Musser     207
Blowing Out to Sea   Wendy Williams     208
When Blade Meets Bat   Wendy Williams     209
Plan B for Energy   W. Wayt Gibbs     211
About the Authors     223
Index     229
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