ISBN-10:
1848164157
ISBN-13:
9781848164154
Pub. Date:
06/28/2010
Publisher:
Imperial College Press
Energy Environment and Climate Change

Energy Environment and Climate Change

by Peter E Hodgson

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ISBN-13: 9781848164154
Publisher: Imperial College Press
Publication date: 06/28/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Obituary v

Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

1 The Energy Crisis 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Energy Conservation 8

1.3 World Energy Consumption 12

1.4 Wood 15

References 15

2 Non-Renewable Energy Sources 17

2.1 Introduction 17

2.2 Coal 17

2.3 Oil 21

2.4 Natural Gas 25

References 26

3 Renewable Energy Sources 27

3.1 Introduction 27

3.2 Hydropower 28

3.3 Wind 29

3.4 Solar 34

3.5 Tidal 36

3.6 Wave 37

3.7 Geothermal 39

3.8 Ocean Thermal 40

3.9 Biomass 40

3.10 Hydrogen 43

3.11 Costs 43

3.12 Conclusion 47

References 48

4 Nuclear Power 49

4.1 Energy from the Atom 49

4.2 Nuclear Reactors 50

4.3 The Capacity of Nuclear Power 52

4.4 Reliability 55

4.5 Nuclear Radiations 55

4.6 Nuclear Waste 68

4.7 New Nuclear Reactors 71

4.8 Fusion Reactors 76

References 79

5 The Safety of Energy Sources 81

5.1 Introduction 81

5.2 Comparative Safety 81

References 86

6 Pollution of the Environment 87

6.1 Introduction 87

6.2 Pollution of the Land 87

6.3 Pollution of the Atmosphere 89

6.4 Pollution of the Sea 95

6.5 Radioactive Pollution 96

6.6 The Greens 97

References 97

7 Climate Change 99

7.1 Introduction 99

7.2 Climate as a Determining Feature of Civilisation 100

7.3 The Reality of Climate Change 102

7.4 The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming 105

7.5 The Effects of Global Warming and Climate Change 108

7.6 Catastrophic Climate Change 114

7.7 Conclusion 116

References 117

8 Politics, Psychology and Education 119

8.1 Introduction 119

8.2 The Problems of Democratic Societies 121

8.3 Nuclear Power and World Peace 123

8.4 Energy Sustainability 126

8.5 The Opposition to Nuclear Power 127

8.6 Psychology 136

8.7 Education 144

References 151

9 The Needs of the Developing Countries 153

9.1 Introduction 153

9.2 Economic Problems 154

9.3 Political Problems 157

9.4 Psychological Problems 158

10 Moral Problems and Responses 159

10.1 Introduction 159

10.2 Industrial Changes 160

10.3 The Contribution of the Churches 162

10.4 General Assessment of Church Statements on Nuclear Issues 177

10.5 Misleading and Irresponsible Statements 179

References 184

Appendix 1 Energy Units 187

Appendix 2 Nuclear Radiation Units 189

Index 191

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