Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

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Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

Format:  Hardcover,

279 pages

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publish Date: Mar 2008

ISBN-13: 9780393066906

ISBN-10: 0393066908

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The forecasts are grim and time is running out, but that's not the end of the story. In this book, Fred Krupp, longtime president of Environmental Defense Fund, brings a stirring and hopeful call to arms: We can solve global warming. And in doing so we will build the new industries, jobs, and fortunes of the twenty-first century. In these pages the reader will encounter the bold innovators and investors who are reinventing energy and the ways we use it. Among them: a frontier impresario who keeps his ice hotel frozen all summer long with the energy of hot springs; a utility engineer who feeds smokestack gases from coal-fired plants to voracious algae, then turns them into fuel; and a tribe of Native Americans, for two thousand years fishermen in the roughest Pacific waters, who are now harvesting the fierce power of the waves themselves. These entrepreneurs are poised to remake the world's biggest business and save the planet if America's political leaders give them a fair chance to compete.

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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: Mar 2008
ISBN-13: 9780393066906
ISBN-10: 0393066908
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 279
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.28
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.38 x 0.97 x 9.58

Chapter outline

ANew Industrial Revolutionp. 3
Harnessing the Sun, Part Ip. 14
Harnessing the Sun, Part IIp. 43
Fuels from Living Creaturesp. 71
New Sources of Biofuelsp. 89
Ocean Energyp. 115
Power from the Earthp. 140
Reconsidering Coalp. 160
Today's Solutionsp. 190
A World of Possibilityp. 232
Acknowledgmentsp. 253
Resourcesp. 255
Indexp. 257

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Review by Library Journal (2008-03-15)

Environmental Defense, a major national advocacy group that promotes market-based solutions to environmental problems, has often influenced U.S. government policy, notably with the Clean Air Act. Krupp, its longtime president, and journalist Horn begin their survey of current attempts by scientists, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs to meet our energy needs by summarizing recent scientific statements that global carbon emissions must be cut drastically to halt climate change. The authors strongly advocate federal government caps (legislated limits) and trading of allowances on carbon.

Assigning a cost to carbon emissions, they argue, would allow cleaner sources of energy to compete with fossil fuels in the marketplace and would encourage innovation. Successive chapters sketch recent progress and possibilities in solar, bio fuels, ocean, geothermal, coal, bio gas, conservation, and transportation. The last chapter looks at some experimental sources of energy and methods for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This wide-ranging but focused book joins recent, similar titles like George Monbiot's Heat: How To Stop the Planet from Burning and Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder's The Clean Tech Revolution. It should have extra presence because of Krupp's profile. Recommended for public and academic libraries building up collections on sustain ability, alternative energy, and the environment.

-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

The forecasts are grim and time is running out, but that's not the end of the story. In this book, Fred Krupp, longtime president of Environmental Defense Fund, brings a stirring and hopeful call to arms: We can solve global warming. And in doing so we will build the new industries, jobs, and fortunes of the twenty-first century.

In these pages the reader will encounter the bold innovators and investors who are reinventing energy and the ways we use it.

Among them: a frontier impresario who keeps his ice hotel frozen all summer long with the energy of hot springs; a utility engineer who feeds smokestack gases from coal-fired plants to voracious algae, then turns them into fuel; and a tribe of Native Americans, for two thousand years fishermen in the roughest Pacific waters, who are now harvesting the fierce power of the waves themselves.

These entrepreneurs are poised to remake the world's biggest business and save the planet--if America's political leaders give them a fair chance to compete.

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