A bright future : how some countries have solved climate change and the rest can follow

by Goldstein, Joshua S., 1952-

Format: Print Book 2019.
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Summary
The first book to offer a proven, fast, inexpensive, practical way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent catastrophic climate change.

As climate change quickly approaches a series of turning points that guarantee disastrous outcomes, a solution is hiding in plain sight. Several countries have already replaced fossil fuels with low-carbon energy sources, and done so rapidly, in one to two decades. By following their methods, we could decarbonize the global economy by midcentury, replacing fossil fuels even while world energy use continues to rise. But so far we have lacked the courage to really try.
In this clear-sighted and compelling book, Joshua Goldstein and Staffan Qvist explain how clean energy quickly replaced fossil fuels in such places as Sweden, France, South Korea, and Ontario. Their people enjoyed prosperity and growing energy use in harmony with the natural environment. They didn't do this through personal sacrifice, nor through 100 percent renewables, but by using them in combination with an energy source the Swedes call kärnkraft, hundreds of times safer and cleaner than coal.
Clearly written and beautifully illustrated, yet footnoted with extensive technical references, Goldstein and Qvist's book will provide a new touchstone in discussions of climate change. It could spark a shift in world energy policy that, in the words of Steven Pinker's foreword, literally saves the world.
Contents
Decarbonization: Climate won't wait ; What Sweden did ; What Germany did
Half measures: More energy, not less ; 100 percent renewables? ; Methane is still fossil
Facing fears: Safest energy ever ; Risks and fears ; Handling waste ; Preventing proliferation
The way forward: Keep what we've got ; Next-generation technology ; China, Russia, India ; Pricing carbon pollution ; Act globally.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the never-ending quest for a cheap, reliable source of clean energy, nuclear power is routinely dismissed out of hand. Too dangerous, too scary, too risky. But in the face of increasingly overwhelming indications that climate change is accelerating to the point of no return, nuclear power's benefits versus its risks must be considered as seriously as any other method of energy production. Goldstein, a professor of international relations, and Qvist, a Swedish energy engineer and consultant, present their arguments for including nuclear power in a comprehensive examination of low-carbon energy programs around the world. Comparing and contrasting nuclear power to coal, methane (fracking), hydropower, wind, and solar, they address common fears concerning industrial accidents, long-term storage, and health risks while deftly analyzing nuclear power's efficiency and economic advantages. Although their discourse borders on the polemic, Goldstein and Qvist offer food for thought, making this a viable resource in the arsenal of arguments for and against the best methods of staving off a global energy crisis.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Climate change mitigation.
Climatic changes.
Global warming.
Renewable energy sources.
Sustainability.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Qvist, Staffan A., author.
Language English
Description x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-264) and index.
ISBN 9781541724105
1541724100
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