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Rise and Fall of the Carbon Civilisation: Resolving Global Environmental and Resource Problem

All authors:
Moriarty, P., Honnery, D.
Host organisation: CoE Melbourne, Australia
Publication year: 2010
Published in:
London: Springer Verlag
Research theme: Environment and Climate Change
Keywords:
low carbon transports, greenhouse gas reduction
Type:
Book
Summary:

A vast amount has been written on climate change and what should be our response. Rise and Fall of the Carbon Civilisation suggests that most of this literature takes a far too optimistic position regarding the potential for conventional mitigation solutions to achieve the deep cuts in greenhouse gases necessary in the limited time frame we have available. In addition, global environmental problems, as exemplified by climate change, and global resource problems – such as fossil fuel depletion or fresh water scarcity – have largely been seen as separate issues.

Further, proposals for solution of these problems often focus at the national level, when the problems are global. The authors argue that the various challenges the planet faces are both serious and interconnected. Rise and Fall of the Carbon Civilisation takes a global perspective in its treatment of various solutions:

  • renewable energy;
  • nuclear energy;
  • energy efficiency;
  • carbon sequestration; and
  • geo-engineering.
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