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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $95.00
  • August 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-62291-1
  • 528 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide


Energy, Environment, and Climate

Third Edition

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Richard Wolfson (Author, Middlebury College)

 

An engaging exploration of energy’s impact

We live in a world where humans are using more energy with each passing year. This popular text explores the science behind energy production and its impact on the planet. While acknowledging that energy-driven climate change is the dominant energy issue of this century, author Richard Wolfson allows the science to speak for itself; students receive the tools and information they need to weigh challenging trade-offs and draw informed conclusions.

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Up-to-date coverage that lets the science and data tell the story

Our use of energy has substantially changed in recent years, driven in particular by the impacts of technologies like fracking and improved alternate-energy solutions. Further, our understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change has deepened, with major impacts now demonstrated in recent IPCC papers and other findings. This text fully updates students on both topics but lets the science and data tell the story. 

Makes complex science accessible

Energy and the environment is a broad and sometimes challenging subject. Wolfson handles each topic in a way that general education students can understand, with just the right level of detail. 

Great assessment that challenges students and asks for their opinion.

Exceptional end-of-chapter assessments test comprehension and engage students in formulating arguments. Each chapter includes selections of basic questions for review, exercises that are more quantitative, research problems that go outside the text, and “Argue Your Case” scenarios that invite students to present and defend their point of view. 

    CHAPTER 1 A CHANGING PLANET
    CHAPTER 2 HIGH-ENERGY SOCIETY
    CHAPTER 3 ENERGY: A CLOSER LOOK
    CHAPTER 4 ENERGY AND HEAT
    CHAPTER 5 FOSSIL ENERGY
    CHAPTER 6 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF FOSSIL FUELS
    CHAPTER 7 NUCLEAR ENERGY
    CHAPTER 8 ENERGY FROM EARTH AND MOON
    CHAPTER 9 DIRECT FROM THE SUN: SOLAR ENERGY
    CHAPTER 10 INDIRECT FROM THE SUN: WATER, WIND, BIOMASS
    CHAPTER 11 ENERGY CARRIERS: ELECTRICITY AND HYDROGEN
    CHAPTER 12 THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE
    CHAPTER 13 FORCING THE CLIMATE
    CHAPTER 14 IS EARTH WARMING?
    CHAPTER 15 FUTURE CLIMATES
    CHAPTER 16 ENERGY AND CLIMATE: BREAKING THE LINK

    APPENDIX
    GLOSSARY
    SUGGESTED READINGS
    ANSWERS TO ODD- NUMBERED QUESTIONS AND EXERCISES
    CREDITS AND DATA SOURCES
    INDEX