Driving Climate Change: Cutting Carbon from Transportation by Daniel Sperling

By Daniel Sperling

Weather switch is likely one of the maximum demanding situations dealing with worldwide society. the talk over what to do is confounded by way of the doubtful courting among expanding greenhouse gasoline emissions and weather swap, and the influence of these adjustments on nature and human civilization. This e-book will offer execs and scholars alike with the most recent information about greenhouse emissions whereas providing the main updated recommendations for lowering those emissions. it is going to examine 3 wide options for decreasing greenhouse fuel emissions: 1) decreasing motorized go back and forth, 2) transferring to much less power in depth modes, and three) altering gasoline and propulsion applied sciences. Findings could be provided by way of the leaders within the box with contributions from professors, researchers, specialists and engineers on the so much trendy associations - advertisement, educational and federal - facing environmental learn and coverage. * contains a accomplished review of present commercial perform * presents technologically sound and conceivable options for engineers, scientists and architects * comprises instructions for a sustainable destiny

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The market for ethanol derived from biomass is influenced by government requirements and facilitated by generous tax subsidies. Research holds promise of more economical ethanol production from cellulosic, or woody, biomass, but related processes are far from economic. , 2004). Peaking of World Oil Production and Its Mitigation 17 Hydrogen Hydrogen has potential as an alternative to petroleum-based liquid fuels over the long term in some transportation applications. Like electricity, hydrogen is an energy carrier, not a primary fuel; hydrogen production requires an energy source for its production.

Toward a Policy Agenda for Climate Change 33 TABLE 3-1. 07 Sources: Primary energy from BP, 2005. Population from Population Reference Bureau, 2004. burgeoning growth in energy consumption in the developing world, an imbalance between the developed and the less-developed worlds continues to exist. The imbalance of per capita energy demand between selected countries is shown in Table 3-1. Future Energy Challenges Figure 3-4 shows how the energy demand of the developing world may reasonably be expected to increase as those countries achieve higher GDP per capita.

In Table 3-2 these two policy drivers are mapped onto the WBCSD-SMP goals (2004). By addressing these drivers through strong policies, the wider issues such as global climate change and social equity are also met. Technology Trends in Transportation A variety of opportunities exist to address energy challenges in the transportation sector. They include use of clean burning, renewable fuels; implementation of vehicle fuel economy improvements; and consumer support of alternative transportation approaches such as walking and bicycling.

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