No Miracles Needed: How Today's Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air

No Miracles Needed: How Today's Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air

by Mark Z. Jacobson
No Miracles Needed: How Today's Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air

No Miracles Needed: How Today's Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air

by Mark Z. Jacobson

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Overview

The world needs to turn away from fossil fuels and use clean, renewable sources of energy as soon as we can. Failure to do so will cause catastrophic climate damage sooner than you might think, leading to loss of biodiversity and economic and political instability. But all is not lost! We still have time to save the planet without resorting to 'miracle' technologies. We need to wave goodbye to outdated technologies, such as natural gas and carbon capture, and repurpose the technologies that we already have at our disposal. We can use existing technologies to harness, store, and transmit energy from wind, water, and solar sources to ensure reliable electricity, heat supplies, and energy security. Find out what you can do to improve the health, climate, and economic state of our planet. Together, we can solve the climate crisis, eliminate air pollution and safely secure energy supplies for everyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781009249546
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/02/2023
Pages: 454
Sales rank: 342,579
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark Z. Jacobson is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University. He has published six books and over 175 peer-reviewed papers. His work forms the scientific basis of the Green New Deal and many laws and commitments for cities, states, and countries to transition to 100% renewable electricity and heat generation. He received the 2018 Judi Friedman Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2019, was selected as 'one of the world's 100 most influential people in climate policy' by Apolitical. He has served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, appeared in a TED talk, appeared on the David Letterman Show, and co-founded The Solutions Project.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; 1. What problems are we trying to solve?; 2. WWS solutions for electricity generation; 3. WWS solutions for electricity storage; 4. WWS solutions for transportation; 5. WWS solutions for buildings; 6. WWS solutions for industry; 7. Solutions for non-energy emissions; 8. What doesn't work; 9. Electricity grids; 10. Photovoltaics and solar radiation; 11. Onshore and offshore wind energy; 12. Steps in developing 100 percent WWS roadmaps; 13. Keeping the grid stable with 100 percent WWS; 14. Timeline and policies needed to transition; 15. My journey.
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