Technological Solutions to Global Warming is the first book of its kind, based on scientific content providing an overall reference looking at the problems of global warming and possible solutions in one volume.
Containing all the necessary authoritative chapters written by scientists and engineers working in the field; each chapter includes the very latest research and references in the potential impact of wind, solar, hydro, geo-engineering and other energy technologies on climate change.
With such a wide ranging set of topics and solutions readers will find a beneficial synergy, between the different solutions and issues, making this a handbook for engineers, professors, leaders and policy makers
- Presents chapters that are accompanied by an easy reference summary
- Includes up-to-date options and technical solutions for global warming through color imagery
- Provides up-to-date information as presented by a collection of renowned global experts
A INTRODUCTION 1. Why do we have Global Warming?
B FOSSIL FUELS AND NUCLEAR ENERGY 2. What is the situation with fossil fuels for the foreseeable future? 3. Nuclear energy fusion and fission(U or Th); what are the problems stopping wholesale investment and what of the future? How dependent are we on nuclear power today?
C RENEWABLES 4. The Potential of Renewable Energies
D GEO-ENGINEERING 5. Geo-engineering at sea: CO2 removal 6. Geo-engineering of the atmosphere: (a) albedo engineering 7. Geo-engineering on earth:
E ELECTERIC CARS, INDUSTRY AND FARMING 8. Electric cars; possible overall % effect 9. Industry, develop plant derived plastics; possible overall % effect 10. Greener farming; possible overall % effect 11. Greater efficiency and tougher emissions standards; possible overall % effect
F LOCAL AND PERSONAL ACTIONS 12. Local Actions: Cleaner Power Plants. Electricity production produces 50% of world's CO2 and industry (plastics, steel, cement) takes it up to 78%
G OTHER ISSUES 13. The Politics of Global Warming 14. The Economics of Solving Global Warming 15. Summing up and areas where CO2 reduction will prove very difficult: use of aviation fuel, space heating, cement and steel making
Trevor M Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute's Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008).
His leisure activities involve regular hikes with the Mendip Ramblers, woodwork (long case clocks) and wood turning, gardening at home and on his allotment, theatre, reading and playing golf.