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RECENT BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS
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contact publisher for details and additional information on content.
Publishers are named in parentheses at the end of each citation;
addresses, when known, are listed at the end of this section. In most
cases, books advertised by publishers with an expected publication date
are not listed here until actually in print.
Global Energy Perspectives, Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Arnulf Grubler,
and A. McDonald (Eds.), 317 pp., 1998, $27.95 pbk/$69.95 hbk (Cambridge
Global energy needs are expanding, and demands for more-efficient,
cleaner, and less-obtrusive energy services are increasing. This book
examines alternatives among fuels, technologies, efficiency gains,
conservation patterns, and pollution levels and identifies choices that
are most likely to characterize and define energy production and
distribution in the 21st century. It results from a five-year
collaboration between the International Institute for Applied Systems
Analysis and the World Energy Council. It describes six alternative
energy-development scenarios that run from a large expansion of coal-fired
electricity production to strict limits on fossil fuels, from a phaseout
of nuclear energy to a substantial increase, and from carbon emissions in
2100 that are one-third of todays levels to more than a factor of
three. Two of the six scenarios meet the Kyoto Protocol limits on
emissions and lead to long-term atmospheric CO2 concentrations
below 450 ppmv; two clearly exceed the Kyoto limits; and two could comply
with the Kyoto limits if unrestricted emissions trading is allowed. Its
primary audience is researchers, educators, and policymakers in the
energy, technology, economics, and environmental sectors, but it will also
appeal to anyone interested in the future of energy production and the
long-term global scenarios for energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions.
Oceanic Sedimentation: Lithology and Geochemistry, A. P. Lisitzin
(Transl. by J. P. Kennett), 407 pp., 1996, $65.00 hbk (AGU).
This tract represents an important, major synthesis on oceanic sediments
and the processes governing their formation and distribution in space and
time. Originally published in Russian, this is one of the most
comprehensive books on oceanic sedimentation ever published. Lisitzins
access to and knowledge of the more than 20 years of data on oceanographic
sediments collected at the P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in
Moscow gives him a unique perspective and makes this an unmatched
compilation of information. The work focuses on the influence of the
environment, especially climate, on the mineral, chemical, and isotopic
composition of sediments and their physical characteristics. This global
perspective is rich in data on sediment sources, composition,
transportation, volumes, and fluxes.
Environmental Guide to the Internet, 4th ed., Toni Murphy and
Carol Briggs-Erickson, 556 pp., 1998, $59.00 pbk (Government Institutes).
This guide provides information on some of the best sites on the
Internet dealing with the preservation and protection of the environment,
ecology, and conservation. Each listing includes a summary of the site, an
e-mail address, and a URL, as appropriate. The book contains citations to
1200 sites, 320 of them new since the previous edition. It covers
newsgroups, electronic journals and newsletters, mailing lists, and
discussion groups as well as home pages. It is written for environmental
consultants, industry professionals, researchers, lawyers, educators, and
Air Pollution VI, C. A. Brebbia, C. F. Ratto, and H. Power, 996
pp., 1999, $425.00/£280.00 hbk (WIT Press).
This compilation of 92 papers from the Sixth International Conference on
Air Pollution (held in Genoa in September of 1998, includes contributions
from industry, research organizations, governments, and academia. The
topics span monitoring, simulation, and management of air-pollution
problems and are grouped under the following topics:
chemical-transformation modeling, turbulence modeling at small and meso
scales, monitoring and laboratory studies, data analysis and observation,
pollution engineering, pollution management, urban and suburban transport
emissions, urban air pollution, emissions inventories, health problems,
damage to cultural heritage, fluid mechanics for dealing with
environmental problems, atmospheric chemistry, air-pollution modeling, and
aerosols and particulates.
Environmentally Significant Consumption: Research Directions, P.
C. Stern et al., Eds., 143 pp., 1997, $34.00 (plus $4.00 shipping) pbk
(National Academy Press).
This compendium considers the possibility that the consumption of
natural resources and manufactured goods by wealthy nations may be a more
important driver of global environmental change than is world population.
It also observes that little empirical evidence exists with which to
evaluate that assertion. It identifies three broad research approaches
that could be adopted to develop more information on the influences and
effects of consumption, referring to these approaches as the
environment-first strategy, the policy-oriented strategy, and the
society-first strategy. The key research questions that these strategies
should address are seen to be
- Which human activities are the most disruptive to the environment?
- Who is responsible for these disruptive activities?
- What social, economic, technological, political, or psychological
forces cause or explain these actions?
- How can environmentally disruptive behaviors be changed?
In the course of analyzing the flows of energy and materials in our
society and of describing the driving forces of consumption (social
structure, culture, technology, population, social evolution, and the
pursuit of well-being), emulation is identified as a surprisingly strong
determinant of cultural development and consumptive practices.
The Environmental Consequences of Growth: Steady-State Economics as an
Alternative to Ecological Decline, D. E. Booth, 227 pp., 1998, $24.99
pbk/$75.00 hbk (Routledge).
The assertion that economic growth will, in its natural course, lead to
solutions of environmental problems (because such solutions are good for
business) is examined in terms of historical experience. No one argues
with the position that new industries and industrial growth are necessary
for economic growth, accumulation of wealth, and raising the standard of
living. However, the examples cited here also suggest that new industries
create new environmental problems and, instead of correcting those
problems, they quickly assume vested political interests (such as the
creation of jobs and the maintenance of employment levels) that allow them
to limit environmental regulation of their activities and shield them from
having to deal with (and invest in) the environmental and societal costs
of their operations.
This book proposes an essentially ethical approach to dealing with
environmental issues. Its thesis is that high- growth, environmentally
destructive economies should be tempered with an element of ethical
commitment. The mechanism offered for infusing this ethical commitment is
a steady-state economy (i.e., a no- or very-low-growth economy). The
author sees such an economy being brought about by (1) radically higher
energy costs; (2) concern about environmental problems, such as global
warming; and/or (3) economic democracy (employee-owned cooperatives or
employee-controlled businesses). Such a steady-state economy is envisioned
to result in smaller-scale production organizations that use energy and
materials more efficiently, reduce harmful emissions to their
neighborhoods, conserve environmental resources, and provide more leisure
time through shorter workweeks.
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