Ten Technologies to Save the Planet: Energy Options for a Low-Carbon Future

Ten Technologies to Save the Planet: Energy Options for a Low-Carbon Future

by Chris Goodall
     
 

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Respected, authoritative, award-winning author Chris Goodall tackles global warming reversal in this engaging and balanced book. Ten Technologies to Save the Planet — popular science writing at its most crucial — is arguably the most readable and comprehensive overview of large-scale solutions to climate change available. Goodall profiles ten

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Respected, authoritative, award-winning author Chris Goodall tackles global warming reversal in this engaging and balanced book. Ten Technologies to Save the Planet — popular science writing at its most crucial — is arguably the most readable and comprehensive overview of large-scale solutions to climate change available. Goodall profiles ten technologies with the potential to slash global greenhouse emissions, explaining how they work and telling the stories of the inventors, scientists, and entrepreneurs who are driving them forward. Some of Goodall’s selections, such as the electric car, are familiar. Others, like algae and charcoal, are more surprising. Illustrated with black-and-white photos and simple charts, Ten Technologies to Save the Planet combines cutting-edge analysis with straightforward explanations about pros and cons, and debunks myths along the way.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Goodall, a columnist for the U.K. Sunday Independent, (How to Live a Low-Carbon Life) offers a welcome breath of fresh air that lands somewhere between technophiles who optimistically believed free-market would create technologies to combat global warming, and pessimists who hold a more catastrophic view. While he steps on the toes of some environmentalists, his solutions seem realistic, if initially costly. In his view there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the energy crisis. Britain, he argues, has "awesome wave and tidal energy" that can be captured by water mills, but is too cloudy to depend on solar energy. He gives an appraisal of the possibilities for making solar energy more efficient and less costly by using nontechnology to "precisely arrange the atoms on the printed semiconductor surface," a process developed in the UK and being marketed in Germany. Also discussed are the benefits of large off shore wind-turbine farms, capturing carbon from coal powered utilities, and Biofuels. None of the technologies he considers are yet competitive with fossil fuels, but with sufficient start-up capital from private and public sources, and large enough markets to allow economies of scale, they could be. His straightforward evaluation of green technologies should interest technology buffs or investors and he raises a number of questions that merit serious debate.
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"(Goodall) offers a welcome breath of fresh air that lands somewhere between technophiles who optimistically believed free-market would create technologies to combat global warming, and pessimists who hold a more catastrophic view"
Publishers Weekly

"Goodall provides a realistic game plan for battling global warming that will attract readers interested in learning about possible practical solutions"
Library Journal

Library Journal
Environmentalists have been saying for years that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to stop global warming. But how can this daunting task be accomplished? Goodall (How To Live a Low-Carbon Life) presents ten fields of technology that could help reduce carbon emissions and analyzes each in terms of its strengths, weaknesses, and predicted advances. While Goodall acknowledges that no one technology alone will solve our energy problems, he argues that great progress could be made if they are used together. Likewise, advances need to be made with each of these technologies to make them viable alternatives to fossil fuels in terms of both cost and energy production. Investing in these technologies should give ample return in the decades ahead. VERDICT Goodall provides a realistic game plan for battling global warming that will attract readers interested in learning about possible practical solutions.—William Baer, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553656241
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
455 KB

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From the Publisher
"(Goodall) offers a welcome breath of fresh air that lands somewhere between technophiles who optimistically believed free-market would create technologies to combat global warming, and pessimists who hold a more catastrophic view"
Publishers Weekly

"Goodall provides a realistic game plan for battling global warming that will attract readers interested in learning about possible practical solutions"
Library Journal

Meet the Author

Chris Goodall holds an MBA from Harvard and is a leading expert on climate change solutions. He writes a column on the environment in the Independent on Sunday and regularly appears on Newsnight and other television shows. His previous book, How to Live a Low-carbon Life, won the 2007 Clarion Award for non-fiction and was described by New Scientist as “the definitive guide to reducing your carbon footprint.” He also publishes Carbon Commentary, a Web site providing incisive appraisal of climate issues.

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