The Challenge of Climate Change Which Way Now

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-13
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This book fills a previously unfilled niche on the popular subjects of climate change and global warming. Rather than evaluating whether or not the problem exists, Challenging Climate Change takes the stance that global warming is an ever-present reality in today's environment and systematically outlines a course of action for moving forward. The book addresses the interlocking issues of policy, negotiations, and technical solutions to the problems related to climate control while also proposing specific steps and a list of priorities. Throughout each chapter, the authors report information on recent findings on each topic and present and interpret a great variety of proposals on remedies to global warming. Each subject is evaluated from both technical and policy perspectives, covering topics such as renewable energy, the problem of supply and demand, energy storage, and international negotiations on implementation of environmental policies. The authors' uniquely different academic backgrounds come together on this topic to explore the difficulties as well as the needs of international agreements, together with the associated scientific potentials and limitations. It rejects pessimistic views, arguing that there are technological changes and/or important policies to pursue that can make a difference. The writing is straightforward and directed to an educated but non-professional audience, requiring no formal training in either science or international relations.

Author Biography

Daniel D. Perlmutter is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and has served as Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University and as University Ombudsman. His contributions were recognized by a Lindbach Award for excellence in teaching, a Guggenheim Foundation Award for research, two Fulbright Fellowships, and the Lectureship Award of the American Association for Engineering Education. His research focused on the dynamics and control of chemical reaction systems, yielded three books and many publications in professional journals. Robert L. Rothstein was the Harvey Picker Distinguished Professor of International Relations at Colgate University. He has published widely on the international negotiating process and peace processes in protracted conflicts and has been awarded a variety of prestigious fellowships, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has also been a consultant to the Department of State and a number of foundations and international institutions.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
In the Beginningp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The Viewpoint Takenp. 1
What is Your Problem?p. 6
The Challenges We Facep. 9
Notes and Referencesp. 14
A View of Geopoliticsp. 16
Introductionp. 16
Are There Limits to Growth?p. 17
Public Goods and Public "Bads"p. 23
Policymaking and Negotiationsp. 27
Notes and Referencesp. 31
Surveying the Fieldp. 33
Introductionp. 33
A History of Changep. 34
Measuring Energyp. 38
Supply: Where Do We Get It?p. 39
Demand: How Do We Use It?p. 42
Will We Run Out of Oil? Or Gas?p. 43
Forms of Energyp. 50
Notes and Referencesp. 53
Global Warmingp. 55
Introductionp. 55
Temperature of the Planetp. 57
Greenhouse Gasesp. 58
Is Global Warming Our Fault?p. 66
The RF Indexp. 67
Air Pollution Revisitedp. 69
Immediate or Short-Term Remediesp. 71
Limits to Growth and the Commons Revisitedp. 74
Sequestrationp. 76
Notes and Referencesp. 78
Renewable Energyp. 81
Introductionp. 81
Hydroelectric Powerp. 83
Biofuelsp. 85
Wind Powerp. 89
Power from Tides and Wavesp. 91
Direct Use of Solar Energyp. 93
Nuclear Energyp. 96
Geothermal Energyp. 97
Indirect Emissions and Hidden Costsp. 98
Notes and Referencesp. 100
Energy Storagep. 103
Introductionp. 103
Batteries and Fuel Cellsp. 104
Syngas and Liquid Fuelsp. 107
Hydrogen Gasp. 109
Pumped Water or Compressed Airp. 111
Hot Water or Molten Saltp. 112
Flywheelsp. 114
Notes and Referencesp. 114
The Negotiating Processp. 116
Introductionp. 116
A Period of Transitionp. 117
Our Worst Fearsp. 118
Guidance from a Theory of Bargainingp. 121
Useful Lessons from the Pastp. 122
What Should a Treaty Accomplish?p. 125
Where We are Headingp. 128
Notes and Referencesp. 129
From Theory to Practicep. 131
Introductionp. 131
Different Regimes and Perspectivesp. 132
Improving the Prospectsp. 134
The Debate on Venuesp. 138
Bargaining Strategies: Domestic and Internationalp. 143
Big Bang or Accelerated Incrementalism?p. 145
Choices in the Context of Riskp. 147
Notes and Referencesp. 148
Where Do We Go from Here?p. 150
Introductionp. 150
Is the Feasible Insufficient?p. 151
Fiscal Measuresp. 155
A Complicated Questionp. 157
An Overall Assessmentp. 160
Choices and Prioritiesp. 161
Caveatsp. 166
A To-Do Listp. 167
Notes and Referencesp. 169
A List of Prioritiesp. 171
Introductionp. 171
Short-Term Gains: Less than 10 Yearsp. 172
Medium-Term Improvements: 10-20 Yearsp. 176
Long-Term Solutions: More than 20 Yearsp. 178
Plan A and Plan B, Simultaneouslyp. 182
Notes and Referencesp. 187
Prospects After Copenhagenp. 188
Introductionp. 188
Costly Failure or Small Success?p. 189
Reframing the Debatep. 196
The Good News and the Bad Newsp. 200
The China Problemp. 206
Third World Dilemmasp. 209
Polarized Politicsp. 211
Notes and Referencesp. 218
Indexp. 223
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