- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (10 Dec. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846688779
- ISBN-13: 978-1846688775
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate Paperback – 10 Dec 2009
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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)
First-class (BBC Focus)
Goodall's book contains much of the information you'll need to follow the energy debates in years to come (The Herald (Glasgow))
Cheer up, we can all save the planet. Books about climate change can be depressing, so three cheers for Chris Goodall's latest, Ten Technologies to Save the Planet, for its positive, pragmatic message.
...Best of all, you don't need science qualifications to understand it.
Written in an accessible, engaging style...
Small wonder, perhaps, that this timely, thoughtful book was recently chosen as one of the Financial Times Books of the Years. It provides some fascinating, carefully analysed insights into where we might go next..
A good story for once: introducing the innovators and innovations that will tackle climate change head-onSee all Product Description
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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
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).Read more ›
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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for anyone interested in engineering or just how humanity can realistically combat climate change this book is an amazing insight
The sheer detail given on all Sustainable... Read more
Tells you all about the top ten technologies. The strengths of those technologies and the weaknesses. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2010 by Craig M. Henson
Very well written and very upbeat, in a considered way. Has convinced me that the technological expertise is pretty much there to produce energy in a lower-carbon way without a... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2010 by Jezza
The geographical characteristics of an area dictate which renewable energy sources will work best. Because renewable energy is inherently, though predictably, intermittent,... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
This is an interesting short book which samples a variety of ideas for global problems. The first three chapters cover the classical alternative energy technologies of wind, solar... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2009 by John Carr
A friend who has the job of raising public awareness about climate
change once told me: As soon as you mention percentages and the
centigrade to a typical audience, you... Read more