Just Released! “Energy, Biology, Climate Change”

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Our newest book just Released! “Energy, Biology, Climate Change” and available at Amazon.com for $19.95.

The focus of this book is the interactions between energy, ecology, and climate change, as well as a few of the responses of humanity to these interactions. It is not a textbook, but a series of chapters discussing subtopics in which the authors were interested and wished to write about. The basic material is cutting-edge science; technical journal articles published within the last year, selected for their relevance and interest. Each author selected eight or so technical papers representing his or her view of the most interesting current research in the field, and wrote summaries of them in a journalistic style that is free of scientific jargon and understandable by lay readers. This is the sort of science writing that you might encounter in the New York Times, but concentrated in a way intended to give as broad an overview of the chapter topics as possible. None of this research will appear in textbooks for a few years, so there are not many ways that readers without access to a university library can get access to this information.

This book is intended be browsed—choose a chapter topic you like and read the individual sections in any order; each is intended to be largely stand-alone. Reading all of them will give you considerable insight into what climate scientists concerned with energy, ecology, and human effects are up to, and the challenges they face in understanding one of the most disruptive—if not very rapid—event in human history; anthropogenic climate change. The Table of Contents follows:

Table of Contents

Forward………………………………………………………………………………. 9

  1. Emil Morhardt

Section I—Energy……………………………………………………………….. 11

Energy Storage……………………………………………………………………. 13

  1. Emil Morhardt

Wind Energy: Technology, Geography, Other Complications….. 27

Tim Storer

Solar Power: Impacts and Sustainability………………………………… 45

Jincy Varughese

Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States………………………………. 57

Alex Frumkin

Why Fracking Works—and Sometimes Doesn’t……………………… 71

  1. Emil Morhardt

The Future of Tidal Energy………………………………………………….. 87

Cassandra Burgess

Analysis of Nuclear Power as an Electricity Generation Option 103

Cameron Bernhardt

Section II—Biology and Ecology………………………………………… 115

Biological Responses to Climate Change………………………………. 117

Anna Alquitela

Saving Endangered Species…………………………………………………. 129

Alexander Birk

Species Distribution Modelling and Climate Change……………… 141

Kyle Jensen

Responses of Corals to Stress from Global Warming…………….. 157

Kimberly Coombs

Effects of Marine Conservation………………………………………….. 177

Weronika Konwent

Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture…………………………….. 189

Adin Bonapart

Carbon Storage Capacity of Altered Forest Ecosystems………… 203

Stephen Johnson

Effects of Drought and Fire in Amazonian Rainforests………….. 225

Maithili Joshi

Section III—Human Issues…………………………………………………. 239

The Social Cost of Carbon………………………………………………….. 241

Makari Krause

Climate Change and Urban Development……………………………… 259

Dan McCabe

Anticipating Climate Change Impacts on Human Health………… 275

Amelia Hamiter

Climate Change and Human Health……………………………………… 295

Allison Hu

River Delta Systems and Climate Change…………………………….. 317

Rebecca Herrera

Natural Resources and Governance Policy: A Regional Survey.. 331

Lazaros M. K. Chalkias

Economic Impacts and Future Expectations of Global Warming and Climate Change          345

Ali Siddiqui

About the Authors……………………………………………………………. 357

Index……………………………………………………………………………….. 359

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