Energy Switch

Author: Craig Morris
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550923781
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Declining oil supplies and the environmental impact of coal dictate a switch to renewable energy sources for a sustainable future. Written for a popular audience, Energy Switch details this momentous transition and proposes that the remaining non-renewable resources be used to develop a long-term supply of renewable energy. A renewable energy leader two decades ago, the US now lags behind Germany and Japan. Energy Switch pays special attention to Europe’s success, especially that of Germany, exploring what can be learned from their experience. It asks whether a mix of renewables is feasible as a major source of energy, at what cost, with what drawbacks, and in what time period. The book examines: The shortcomings and benefits of sources that might constitute a largely renewable energy platform: oil, nuclear, coal, biomass, natural gas, wind, PV, geothermal, hydrogen, wave and tidal power • Ecological tax reform and tax rebates, quotas and net metering, and the role of privatization The success of efficiency measures, the vision of demand management — tailoring power consumption to intermittent supply — and the phenomenon of virtual power plants The secret of success being in attitudes and policies, rather than in technology How the US could once again become a renewable energy leader Craig Morris is a journalist and translator specializing in renewable energy. The author of a book in German that presents the rationale behind Germany’s turn to renewable energy, he writes on energy policies and lives in Freiburg, Germany’s solar capital.

The Renewable Revolution

Author: Sajed Kamal
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136540199
Format: PDF, Docs
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Our environment and society is threatened by fuel shortages, a changing climate and energy wars. In our race for survival we are awakened to the simple truth that the essential condition of sustainability lies in our ability to live within the limits and renewability of natural resources. It invokes within us an urgent need for transition from an obsolete, destructive and unsustainable energy path to a sustainable path of innovation, renewable energy and peace. The good news is that the technology required to make this transition is already available. From an author with over thirty years' experience campaigning for and setting up renewable energy projects around the world, this book is unique for its interdisciplinary approach-interweaving technology, economics, environmental science, philosophy, history, spirituality and politics, asserting that to understand the crisis and find a sustainable solution requires a holistic perspective. Readers will understand the vast renewable resource we have at our disposal in the form of solar, wind, water, heat and biogas, and the technologies used to harness this power. There are also the emerging prospects of solar hydrogen fuel cells, biofuels and geothermal. The true economic advantages of a shift to a renewables-based economy (and how we can get there) are also laid out clearly. There's much to learn from examples around the world while we devise local and appropriate solutions. Written for a crossover readership of students, educators, professionals, academics, activists and policymakers, both nationally and internationally, this is a comprehensive but readable and practical book that will inspire readers to wake others up to our renewable solutions.

Feed in Tariffs

Author: Miguel Mendonca
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1849771316
Format: PDF
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A feed-in tariff is a renewable energy law that obliges energy suppliers to buy electricity produced from renewable resources at a fixed price, usually over a fixed periodeven from householders. These legal guarantees ensure investment security, and the support of all viable renewable energy technologies.

Green Energy

Author: Dustin Mulvaney
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452266069
Format: PDF, ePub
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This initial volume in the SAGE Series on Green Society provides an overview of the social and environmental dimensions of our energy system, and the key organizations, policy tools, and technologies that can help shape a green-energy economy. Each entry draws on scholarship from across numerous social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and engineering. The urgency of climate change underscores the importance of getting the right technologies, policies and incentives, and social checks-and-balances in place. This reference resource will prepare those with a sparking interest in the topic to participate in what will hopefully become an equitable and intergenerational conversation about the impacts of our energy consumption and how to make it cleaner and greener. Via its 150 signed entries, Green Energy: An A-to-Z Guide provides students, professors, and researchers an invaluable reference, presented in both print and electronic formats. Its clear and accessible writing style, together with vivid photos, numerous cross-references, extensive resource guide, and other pedagogical tools make it a valuable tool for the classroom as well as for research purposes.

Introduction to International and Global Studies Second Edition

Author: Shawn C. Smallman
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469621665
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This innovative introduction to international and global studies, updated and revised in a new edition, offers instructors in the social sciences and humanities a core textbook for teaching undergraduates in this rapidly growing field. Encompassing the latest scholarship in what is a markedly interdisciplinary endeavor, Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown introduce key concepts, themes, and issues and then examine each in lively chapters on essential topics that include the history of globalization; economic, political, and cultural globalization; security, energy, and development; health; agriculture and food; and the environment. Within these topics, the authors explore such timely and pressing subjects as commodity chains, labor (including present-day slavery), human rights, multinational corporations, and the connections among them. New to this edition: * The latest research on debates over privacy rights and surveillance since Edward Snowden's disclosures * Updates on significant political and economic developments throughout the world, including a new case study of European Union, Icelandic, and Greek responses to the 2008 fiscal crisis * The newest information about the rise of fracking, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the decline of the Peak Oil movement, and climate change, including the latter's effects on the Arctic and Antarctica * A dedicated website with authors' blog and a teaching tab with syllabi, class activities, and well-designed, classroom-tested resources * An updated teacher's manual available online, including sample examination questions, additional resources for each chapter, and special assistance for teaching ESL students * Updated career advice for international studies majors

Energy Democracy

Author: Craig Morris
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319318918
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book outlines how Germans convinced their politicians to pass laws allowing citizens to make their own energy, even when it hurt utility companies to do so. It traces the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from the Power Rebels of Schönau to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. The authors explore how, by taking ownership of energy efficiency at a local level, community groups are key actors in the bottom-up fight against climate change. Individually, citizens might install solar panels on their roofs, but citizen groups can do much more: community wind farms, local heat supply, walkable cities and more. This book offers evidence that the transition to renewables is a one-time opportunity to strengthen communities and democratize the energy sector – in Germany and around the world.

Global Climate Change and the Road to Extinction

Author: James A. Kushner
Publisher:
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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As nations and corporations discuss and undertake reform measures to slow or reverse this warming trend, the questions arise: What strategies exist to reverse the problems caused by greenhouse gases collecting in our atmosphere? What steps can be taken to reduce emissions? This book looks at strategies that can, and in most cases must, be undertaken at the personal, corporate, and governmental levels of municipalities, counties, states, nations, and within the international community. This book is designed to look at broad changes that are necessary and to explore the specific policies and mechanisms that are needed to implement them. After reviewing the science and potential consequences of global climate change, every facet of life is reviewed for sustainability to determine opportunities for reducing carbon emissions through alternative technology and conservation practices. The chapters explore these opportunities, and discuss the significance of our policies on agricultural and food, land use planning, brownfield development, redevelopment, consumption, economic development, education, emergency preparedness, energy, housing and construction, management of federal lands, seas, population, species protection, transportation, and water. The alternative to the strategies described is extinction.