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 the 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 21st century.
In Earth: The Sequel, listeners 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, fishermen in the roughest Pacific waters for 2,000 years, 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.
©2008 Environmental Defense Fund; (P)2008 Tantor
Getting depressed about the gloom and doom news of climate catastrophe? Then read this book and you will awaken to the endless possibilities of the future that is being worked out silently by a huge number of entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers who are the pioneers of the next industrial revolution - the cleantech revolution.
This book surveys the main sources of alternative energies- solar, biofuel, wind, geothermal and oceanic. Then goes into considerable depth into describing various works going on into each area. For example, in solar energy alone, the book details over half a dozen approaches to make solar energy an efficient, cheap and viable solution. The authors describe the technology in simple terms, but with sufficient depth. At the same time, they mention the business viability and political issues. A very well rounded approach indeed!
One recurring theme throughout the book is the necessity of a carbon cap and trade program. Without a price on carbon emission, the playing field between the fossil fuels and renewable energy sources will remain uneven and the renewables will not have a chance to flourish. Free market is an wonderful instrument, but is completely dumb. Information has to be injected into the market system regarding the cost of everything.
Currently, the polluters dump the greenhouse gases into the atmosphere without a price tag. The result is sea level rise, destruction of natural habitats, melting glaciers, agricultural yield reduction, increase of diseases, environmental refugees and on and on. Doesn't these all have a price tag? Once this price tag is attached with pollution, the underlying strength of innovation and free market will unleash and get a chance to save this civilization that faces the greatest challenge in many centuries - the global warming.
This book will be enjoyable by the environmentally conscious readers, the entrepreneurs, the science lovers and just about anyone who is interested in staying informed
I was amazed at the ideas some people are working on to develop sources of energy that don't require the use of fossil fuels and resultant increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. There is a huge amount of information here to those with the stamina to get through it.
The problem I had was too much information--too many topics mostly unrelated to one another. Characters came and went in a few minutes with an anecdotal description of their revolutionary idea or start up company. I gave up trying to figure out who was who and listened for the inventions. This book would probably would hang together more coherently as a read rather than a listen.
Even though it is a somewhat tedious, the basic idea of the book, that the free market should be allowed to solve global warming though the trading of carbon credits, comes through convincingly.
This book is one of the best books I have listened to in years. Learn what is being done in the world of alternative energy and renewable fuel. Learn why and how we must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels.
If you are concerned with the high price of gas, heating fuel and other present day forms of energy I encourage you to read this book. It is loaded with hard facts and scientific evidence that lay out the reasons why we must reduce carbon emissions. I found it fascinating to discover all of the alternative energy sources that are being worked on and look forward to seeing some of these become a reality in the future.
Until I listened to this book I had never heard of the Cap and Trade proposal for carbon emissions but by the time I finished the book I realized its importance and was e-mailing my Senators to support this leglisation.
Although this book promotes alternative energy and technologies, I could not help but be distracted by the poorly structured arguments in support of these technologies. Facts were strewn throughout the book with no cohesion. The feel good arguments (e.g. for Ocean Power in Alaska) did nothing to support these technologies other than point out that Native Americans could benefit from the implementation.
Overall I would describe the structure of the book as random, but the content was motivating and inspiring.
Like others have said it reads like a check list but the info in the book is great. It makes me feel a little more optimistic about global warming
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This is not just another global warming hysteria book. This book focuses on solutions and how to motivate the solutions needed. It focuses on each of several various proposals and the current strengths, weaknesses, and future outlooks of each proposal. The book focuses on realities that seem to elude most books on global warming. Like corn ethanol is not an efficient method to get energy from sunlight; it is just the technology that has the votes of a bunch of farm states. The book's main point is that a long term decreasing cap and trade system for carbon is the best way to make progress on reducing greenhouse gasses. The book avoids the issue of how to set the cap; which is an important aspect of the system. This was much easier with sulfur dioxide; which was better understood and was better able to be measured. This was really the only weakness in the book. Otherwise it was a excellent overview of the technologies (and the weaknesses of each). This is truly a must read for anyone who wants to understand which solutions make sense and which solutions will just make some people very rich.
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