Global Change, Energy Issues and Regulation Policies

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Title: Global Change, Energy Issues and Regulation Policies
Abstract: This book analyzes the deep interaction between the environmental crisis (climate change, urbanization/land use, exhaustion of resources, and degradation of ecosystems), energy production, conversion and use, and global regulation policies. It fi rst recalls the main conclusions of the June 2010 Global Change Research II, Porquerolles Conference (environmental degradation related to energy production, links between energy and human needs, energy and environment, interface among technologies, science, and society). It explains the architecture of the book, which fairly faithfully follows the conference plan, including new contributions that were not presented at the conference. It brings some particular comments about climate change and exhaustion of resources, the relationship between basic science and the development of sustainable energy technologies, between global and local environmental policies: technologies, economy, law. The conclusions emphasize fi ve technological keys (and their main issues) to the solution of the energy/environmental crisis: improvement of energy effi ciency and savings, green electricity production (if new storage technologies are available), nuclear energy (if its sustainability is increased), carbon management, energy vector use optimization (biofuels if the planet alimentation is not threatened, emergence of the hydrogen society, smartgrids). Finally, last but not least, a sixth key is to be found in the domain of humanities and social sciences, law, politics (negotiations at international level, fi nancial rules, etc.). It also emphasizes the need for basic science research for providing breakthroughs in the fi eld of energy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1279
Date: 2013


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