Powering the Future: A Scientist's Guide to Energy Independence

Powering the Future: A Scientist's Guide to Energy Independence

by Daniel B. Botkin

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ISBN-13: 9780137083589
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Series: FT Press Science
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Daniel B. Botkin is Professor (Emeritus), Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and President, The Center for The Study of The Environment, a nonprofit corporation that provides independent, science-based analyses of complex environmental issues. The New York Times has called him “one of the world’s leading environmental researchers,” who has “done much to popularize the concept of using yet maintaining the world’s natural resources.”


His research includes creating the first successful computer simulation in ecology; studies of wilderness and natural parks ecosystems--from the Serengeti Plains of Africa to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota and Isle Royale National Park; threatened and endangered species--whooping cranes, salmon, bowhead and sperm whales, and African elephants. He was among the first to investigate possible ecological effects of global warming and to help NASA use satellite imaging to study the Earth’s global environment.


His dozen books include Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21st Century, which “is considered by many ecologists to be the classic text of the [environmental] movement,” according to the New York Times. Beyond the Stony Mountains describes nature in the American West before European settlement, based on the journals of Lewis and Clark. No Man’s Garden analyzes the value of nature and the relationship between people and nature. He has published op-ed pieces in many major newspapers concerning global warming, biological diversity, and energy, and more than 150 scientific papers.


His recent awards include the Astor Annual Lectureship for 2007 (Oxford University); annual distinguished visiting scholar for 2008 (Green Mountain College, Vermont); and the Long Beach Aquarium, Long Beach, California, has appointed him its first-ever distinguished visiting scientist for November 2008. He is also the recipient of the Fernow Award for Outstanding Contributions in International Forestry and the winner of the Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development.


His other academic appointments include Professor of Biology and Director of The Program in Global Change at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Professor of Systems Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and Research Scientist, The Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole, MA. His degrees are B.A. (Physics; University of Rochester), M.A. (Literature, University of Wisconsin), and Ph.D. (Biology, Rutgers University).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xiii

About the Author     xv

Preface     xvii


Introduction: Blackout     1

Section I: Conventional Energy Sources     15

Chapter 1   Oil     19

Chapter 2   Natural Gas     37

Chapter 3   Coal     51

Chapter 4   Water Power     73

Chapter 5   Nuclear Power     85


Section II: New Energy Sources     115

Chapter 6   Wind Power     119

Chapter 7   Solar Power     141

Chapter 8   Ocean Power     163

Chapter 9   Biofuels     173


Section III: Designing an Energy System     197

Chapter 10  Transporting Energy: the Grid, Hydrogen, Batteries, and More     199

Chapter 11  Transporting Things     211

Chapter 12  Saving Energy at Home and Finding Energy at Your Feet     227

Chapter 13  Solutions     245

Endnotes     279

Index     313

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