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Ten Technologies To Save The Planet [Paperback]

Chris Goodall
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13 Nov 2008
Everyone agrees we need to slash global greenhouse emissions. But how do we actually achieve that? Politicians can set targets and consumers can try to live greener lives. But the world will only avoid runaway global warming with the help of technological breakthroughs. In this fascinating book, Chris Goodall profiles ten technologies to watch, explaining how they work and telling the stories of the inventors and entrepreneurs driving them forward. Some of Goodall's selections, such as the electric car, are familiar. Others are more surprising. Algae, for example, can soak up carbon dioxide and produce fuel, while charcoal made from waste vegetable and forestry matter can lock carbon into soils and reduce the need for fertilizers. Cutting-edge and accessible, this is popular science at its most crucial.

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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Green Profile (13 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184668868X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846688683
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Goodall's 'Sustainability: All That Matters' isn't a conventional book about preserving the environment. It says that humankind has an ethical responsibility to all members of future generations to allow them the same high standard of living as prosperous people in rich countries have today. A sustainable planet is one in which human beings enjoy high living standards but never at the expense of the people yet unborn.

The challenges of resource depletion and climate change will make sustainability hard to achieve. It is the most difficult engineering problem ever faced by mankind. Surprisingly, Goodall concludes that continued economic growth is good for building a sustainable plantet.

Goodall's previous books have all brought rigorous thinking to complex issues. Backed up by robust data and clear analysis, this book provides a superb introduction to an increasingly vital topic.

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'Ten Technologies is superb - it cuts like lightning through the myths and muddled thinking surrounding energy issues. It is vital, topical, and a very fresh approach' Mark Lynas. '[A] brilliantly concise and clear-eyed account' Fred Pearce, New Scientist.

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A good story for once: introducing the innovators and innovations that will tackle climate change head-on

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent 12 Dec 2008
Here's what Stephen Balbach (top 500 reviewer) said about this book over on Amazon US:

This is an absolutely excellent overview of the current state of green/clean technology and solutions to global warming.

I thought I already knew a lot about clean technology through blogs, science news and other books - and Goodall is current with the latest news up to early 2008. But there was hardly a page I did not learn something new, or had my perspectives changed about specific technologies. This is not starry-eyed techno optimism, nor a pessimists dark vision. Goodall takes a sober non-ideological and even-handed engineering perspective with lightly placed pronouncements on the viability of technologies, both good and bad, often convincingly overturning perceived wisdom and myth. The book would also make an excellent primer for anyone looking to invest in clean technology, it cuts through the hype and quickly gets to the bottom line of energy units and costs, and the risks of each technology. My copy is dogeared with some of the best specific products and companies to look into as investment potentials.

The chapter titles say a lot:

1. Capturing the wind
2. Solar energy
3. Electricity from the oceans
4. Combined heat and power
5. Super-efficient homes
6. Electric cars
7. Motor fuels from cellulose
8. Capturing carbon
9. Biochar
10. Soil and forests

Each chapter stands on its own and if your only interested in some the others can be skipped, but they are all fascinating. The author is British and it is written for an English audience, usually using British pounds and examples, but the US is mentioned many times and it is easy to extrapolate (many US companies are mentioned).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 28 Nov 2009
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It does exactly what it says on the cover. If you are looking for an overview of the technologies which could be used to save us from ourselves this is it.

This isn't a one sided view from an environmentalist, this is an honest appraisal of the technologies with plenty of detail to satisfy the most enquiring reader.

A must read for anyone in a position to implement these technologies, policy makers or anyone with a interest in green issues.

As a bonus it's a really good read - I imagine that this could be quite a dry topic but the author does a great job of making all of the technologies sound interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in preparation for Cambridge interview 30 Dec 2013
By David
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As an 18 year old student who was looking for something that was in-depth but not too complicated in order to read up on the technologies that are going to fuel our future this book was a great resource, I read a chapter a night (10 nights in total) and wrote down the key details from each chapter. Not only did this book give information on the technologies it also gives information on the economics of each one with case studies of different companies who are trying to bring the theory into the real world! In summary this was a great book, an easy read and an invaluable resource for anyone that hasn't been educated in engineering (it helps if you know a little maths, mainly just unit conversions e.g. squaring/cubing however the book does run you through this as well).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Technologies To Save The Planet 5 May 2009
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Well researched and written (and hence very readable)assessment of technologies available for development to reduce our dependence upon fossil and nuclear fuels. Also highlights that few if any will become commercial until too late without political will.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ten Technologies 3 Jan 2011
By Alex
Firstly i would like to say this book is very good. The ideas and arguments presented are well constructed. The book is easy to read and optimistic (which is very refreshing when many writers go on about how our planet is doomed and how we will all be drowned under rising sea levels). The reason i have given it 4 stars is that is would be nice to have some more hard science (although the abscence makes its nice easy reading), and the fact i dont fully agree with all his agruments. But this must not put you off the book; science is all about having your own opinions. This book is a brilliant overview of renewable/clean energy and shows the potential for how our society can change for the better. It leaves me feeling hopefull for the future and eager to read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of technologies to watch 22 Dec 2010
The author was involved in a successful (but at the time very controversial) windfarm local to where I live, so he knows from personal experience how much public opposition there can be to such plans. There is no easy solution to these problems and some hard decisions will have to be made by government, business and individuals. Highly informative books such as this which are accessible to non-specialists can only help the cause, winning around the older generation of home owners who are only concerned about losing their view is no easy task. I was disappointed that the author rejected nuclear power outright, but there were some fascinating case studies in there that were really thought provoking. It's worth reading this book from an investment point of view too - if you're looking at putting some ISA or pension money into a 'green' or 'clean-tech' fund it's worth understanding which of these technologies have the most potential.
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