Managing Global Warming - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128141045

Managing Global Warming

1st Edition

An Interface of Technology and Human Issues

Authors: Trevor Letcher
Paperback ISBN: 9780128141045
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2018
Page Count: 500
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Managing Global Warming: An Interface of Technology and Human Issues discusses the causes of global warming, the options available to solve global warming problems, and how each option can be realistically implemented. It is the first book based on scientific content that presents an overall reference on both global warming and its solutions in one volume. Containing authoritative chapters written by scientists and engineers working in the field, each chapter includes the very latest research and references on the potential impact of wind, solar, hydro, geo-engineering and other energy technologies on climate change.

With this wide ranging set of topics and solutions, engineers, professors, leaders and policymakers will find this to be a valuable handbook for their research and work.

Key Features

  • Presents chapters that are accompanied by an easy reference summary
  • Includes up-to-date options and technical solutions for global warming through color imagery
  • Provides up-to-date information as presented by a collection of renowned global experts


Energy engineers, researchers, graduate students, professors and lecturers in Engineering, scientists and engineers working in energy, industrialists and engineers working in future energy developments

Table of Contents

1. Why do we have Global Warming?

2. What is the situation with fossil fuels for the foreseeable future?
3. Nuclear energy fusion and fission(U or Th); what are the problems stopping whole sale investment and what of the future? How dependent are we on nuclear power today?

4. The Potential of Renewable Energies: (a) hydroelectric; possible overall % effect; (b) solar; possible overall % effect; (c) wind; possible overall % effect; (d) storing energy; possible overall % effect. (e) other methods: tidal power; sea currents; waves; energy from space

5. Geo-engineering at sea: CO2 removal
6. Geo-engineering of the atmosphere: (a) albedo engineering
7. Geo-engineering on earth: (a) CO2 removal, reforestation; possible overall % effect: (b) CO2 removal, charring biomass and burying it to lock up C; possible overall % effect: (c) CO2 removal, grow biomass, burn it for energy and sequester the CO2; possible overall % effect

8. Electric cars; possible overall % effect
9. Industry, develop plant derived plastics; possible overall % effect
10. Greener farming; possible overall % effect
11. Greater efficiency and tougher emissions standards; possible overall % effect F LOCAL AND PERSONAL ACTIONS
12. Local Actions: Cleaner Power Plants. Electricity production produces 50% of world’s CO2 and industry (plastics, steel, cement) takes it up to 78% G OTHER ISSUES
13. The Politics of Global Warming
14. The Economics of Solving Global Warming
15. Summing up and areas where CO2 reduction will prove very difficult: use of aviation fuel, space heating, cement and steel making


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About the Author

Trevor Letcher

Trevor M Letcher is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a past Director of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics and his research involves the thermodynamics of liquid mixtures and energy from landfill. He was awarded the South African Chemical Institute’s Gold medal in 1999 and in 2000 he was awarded the South African Gold medal by the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 250 papers in peer review journals and has edited, co-edited and written eleven books in his research and related fields. His latest books include Unraveling Environmental Disasters (2012), Materials for a Sustainable Future (2012), Waste (2011), Heat Capacities (2010), Climate Change (2009) and Future Energy (2008).

His leisure activities involve regular hikes with the Mendip Ramblers, woodwork (long case clocks) and wood turning, gardening at home and on his allotment, theatre, reading and playing golf.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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