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Engine of Evolution

Energy: Engine of Evolution is a compelling book that provides a compact history of energy over the last four billion years, with the aim of creating a sound basis to understanding the possible futures of the energy industry. It describes the role that energy has played in the evolution of nature and culture, the impact it has had on the world over time and the implications that we are faced with concerning the role of energy in the future. This book describes the relationship between life and energy through time, outlining how the major revolutions in the evolution of life on earth were driven by developments at the energy frontiers. Energy: Engine of Evolution states that we are on the verge of the next energy revolution, where we will learn how to master new energy forms in a new way. As a result of years of research and discussions by leading experts in the oil and gas industry, this publication offers inspiring insights and examples of new approaches to technological and evolutionary developments, paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

This publication is recommended to a broad audience with an interest in sustainable development, energy, evolution and the environment including researchers, government agencies, business professionals, as well as socially engaged intellectuals.

Hardbound, 214 Pages

Published: September 2005

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-51886-6


  • PART I. THE FIRST FIVE ENERGY REVOLUTIONS -a time journey through the history of life-
    Chapter 1. The Photo-Energy Revolution The origin of life The origin of sunlight The origin of planet Earth The origin of the living cell The Thermophilic Regime
    Photosynthesis and free oxygen The origin of photosynthesis
    Sunlight-driven energy technology
    The Phototropic Regime
    And the face of the earth changed Two grand carbon cycles
    The self-inflicted crisis
    Chapter 2. The Oxo-Energy Revolution The origin of aerobic respiration The origin of breathable air
    Global oxygen crisis
    Aerobic respiration
    Oxygen-driven energy technology
    Microbial symbiosis The origin of the eukaryotic cell design
    The microbial energy majors
    The Aerobic Regime
    Biological diversification
    Ecological growth
    And the face of the earth changed The changing landscape
    Competition and adaptation
    Chapter 3. The Pyro-Energy RevolutionThe origin of hominidsIt needed a crisis
    The origin of human culture
    The quest for the human advantage
    Man the fire masterThe human advantage
    The origin of fire
    Active use of fire
    The Pyrocultural Regime
    Societal metabolism
    The Symbolisational Signal
    And the face of the earth changedA changing lifestyle
    And life changed the land
    Chapter 4. The Agro-Energy RevolutionMan the solar farmerThe Agricultural Revolution
    The forces that shaped the revolution
    The Agrocultural Regime
    The emergence of competing energy chains
    A new reality emergesThe Quantificational Signal
    The Scientific Revolution
    And the face of the earth changedFrom farms to nation states
    The growing human footprint
    Chapter 5. The Carbo-Energy RevolutionHydrocarbon Man The agrocultural energy crisis
    The dawn of ancient sunlight
    The Carbocultural Regime
    The Carbian ExplosionAn explosion of competing energy chains
    Electric energy as information carrier
    Carbocultural, non-fossil energy chains
    Sensitive scientific senses
    And the face of the earth changedThe surging human footprint
    From fire master to fire addict
    PART II. THE NEXT ENERGY REVOLUTION-evolutionary energetics, models and scenarios-
    Chapter 6. The Staircase of Energy Regimes Energy regimesThe foundation of the Staircase model
    The rise and fall of complexity
    The evolution of informationGenerating information
    From genes to memes and artefacts
    Socio-technological developmentThe rhythm of societal development
    The pushes and pulls of progress
    The evolution of system earthChapter 7. The Emerging Helio-Energy RevolutionSigns of a coming energy revolutionThe Macroscopical Signal
    Two perceptions of reality
    Leaving Carbon Valley
    Nuclear Valley
    Green Valley
    Sustainable development
    Limits to nuclear
    Limits to green
    The next energy revolutionSymbian Man
    The Helio-Energy Revolution
    Socio-metabolic complexes
    And the face of the earth will change


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