Reaching Net Zero: What It Takes to Solve the Global Climate Crisis addresses the imminent need to fully understand the causes, effects, and evidence of global warming due to the large amount of climate disinformation and the complexity of much of the available valid science. This book addresses the science of global warming in a concise readable manner, while providing an in-depth reference for readers who want more detail. The book also investigates potential practical next steps of interest to concerned scientists, engineers, and citizens, with an ultimate aim to achieve the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 'Net Zero' goals.
Solving the problem of reaching net zero requires educating others to support the changes that must occur and to provide the possible solutions required. This is a necessary read for academics in climate and environmental science, and specialists such as those in earth science or environmental studies, covering the science, technology, economics, politics, international, and other issues involved in doing something about global warming. The book is also important for those interested in global warming and anyone involved in decision-making processes and legislation that deal with reduction in carbon footprints.
- Provides in-depth discussion of the problem of global warming, with clear explanations of the science behind global warming and climate change
- Features case studies of successes and failures in reducing carbon footprints, including potential solutions for reaching net zero
- Offers a realistic approach to the problem of global warming and potential solutions in light of all available evidence across multiple disciplines
1. Introduction 2. Addressing global warming
Part One 3. The earth as a system 4. Fundamental drivers of global warming 5. How do we know global warming is real? 6. How do we know man-made co2 is the issue? 7. What are the effects of global warming 8. International efforts to address global warming
Part Two 9. What would it take to stop global warming? 10. Energy alternatives 11. Unique problems of major contributors to global warming 12. Why is global warming such a difficult problem to solve? 13. Some successes and failures
Part Three 14. Action plan 15. Can it be done? 16. The way forward 17. Afterword
Bill Fletcher retired as Senior Vice President at Rockwell International Corporation responsible for corporate R&D and business planning. Most of his career involved business planning and international operations for technology based companies. After university graduation, he was an officer and engineer in the U.S. Navy, where he served for five years in the Naval Reactors Division of the Navy's Bureau of Ships. Before joining Rockwell, Bill was a manager with Combustion Engineering Inc., involved with the design and construction of nuclear power plants. Bill also held management positions with Bechtel Corporation including an assignment in Saudi Arabia planning the large Jubail industrial development project on the Arabian Gulf. He was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, Inc. His international experience includes expatriate assignments in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada.
Smith, Craig B.
Craig Smith retired as President and Chairman, DMJM H+N, a large international architect/engineering and construction management firm. Craig's professional career began as an assistant professor of engineering at UCLA, where he was also the assistant director of the nuclear energy laboratory. After seven years at UCLA, he cofounded ANCO Engineers, Inc., an engineering consulting firm in Los Angeles. From 1988 to 1992 he was the president of FSEC, a Los Angeles architecture/engineering/construction firm, then joined AECOM Technology Corporation, one of the world's largest architecture, engineering and construction companies, as a vice president of Daniel Mann, Johnson, and Mendenhall (DMJM), where he served as the practice manager for DMJM's construction and facilities management practice. He was subsequently promoted to senior vice president, executive vice president, and chief operating officer. In 1999, he was named president of Holmes and Narver, Inc. During his career, Craig has been broadly involved in the field of energy and power, having designed, built, or conducted tests and research on nearly every type of electrical generating facility, including hydroelectric plants, geothermal, waste-to-energy, coal-fired, nuclear, natural gas-fired, and solar.