Energy, Society, and Environment: Technology for a Sustainable Future

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It is assumed that some readers will be using this book as part of a study programme in the context of higher education. These study notes are designed to provide an introductory educational guide.AimsThe Preface sets out the overall rationale and structure of the book, but students may find it helpful to have a more formal checklist of aims and objectives.Basically, Part 1 of this book should help you to develop an overview of energy-related environmental issues, including an appreciation of how they have emerged historically. More specifically Part 1 should help you:
• to appreciate that the interaction between the various parts of human society and the rest of the ecosystem is complex and that human energy use plays a major part in shaping this interaction (Chapters 1 and 2).
• to understand the arguments for the adoption of more sustainable approaches to energy generation and use, and for the development of criteria for selecting the appropriate technologies (Chapter 3).

Part 2 is designed to help you to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the various sustainable energy options, including energy conservation and the ‘alternative’ (i.e. non-fossil) energy supply options. More specifically it should help you:

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Energy, Society, and Environment: Technology for a Sustainable Future
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Series Editors' Preface ix
  • Figures xii
  • Tables xiii
  • Boxes xiv
  • Author's Preface xv
  • Study Notes xix
  • Acknowledgements xxiv
  • Abbreviations xxvi
  • Part 1 - Environmental Problems 1
  • 1 - Technology and Society 3
  • 2 - Energy and Environment 17
  • 3 - Sustainable Technology 35
  • Part 2 - Sustainable Technology 47
  • 4 - Greening Technology 49
  • 5 - The Nuclear Alternative 65
  • 6 - Renewable Energy 85
  • 7 - Renewables Worldwide 103
  • 8 - Sustainable Energy Strategy 116
  • Part 3 - Problems of Implementation 129
  • 9 - Getting Started: Institutional Obstacles 131
  • 10 - Keeping Going: Deployment Problems 141
  • 11 - Case Study: Public Reactions to Uk Wind Farms 154
  • 12 - Public Acceptance: the Need for Negotiation 167
  • Part 4 - Sustainable Society 177
  • 13 - Sustainable Development 179
  • 14 - The Global Perspective 194
  • 15 - The Sustainable Future 205
  • Further Reading 218
  • 16 - Conclusions: the Way Ahead? 219
  • Glossary 232
  • Appendix I 234
  • Appendix II 236
  • Appendix III 238
  • References 239
  • Index 247
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