Two new books from CloudRipper Press

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by Emil Morhardt

CloudRipperPress.com announces its second and third books published in 2015.

Energy Innovations 2015

Because it seems likely that there is money to be made by reducing fossil fuel use, and energy use in general, there is currently an intense amount of entrepreneurial activity surrounding all aspects of our energy supply and usage. This book is an attempt to make some sense of the overwhelming amount of information about this activity streaming down the web (and in the scientific and engineering journals). It is a result of three months in early 2015 of combing through entrepreneurial websites, news items in the press, and a variety of other sources (all well documented in the book) to see what new and exciting developments are occurring in energy.

The result is a fascinating look at the types of changes in our energy mix in the near future through over 250 vignettes of innovative energy projects, many in their earliest stages, organized by type of energy activity being considered. Sections of the book include energy efficiency, energy storage, improving the grid, novel energy applications, photovoltaics, solar thermal, hydro/tidal/wave energy, wind, geothermal, nuclear, vehicles, biofuels and synfuels, hydrogen, hydraulic fracturing, carbon sequestration, energy governance, and energy finance and economics. $19.95 at Amazon.com

Climate Change & The Humanities

In 2011 Mike Hulme published an opinion piece, Meet the Humanities, in Nature Climate Change, one of the premier scientific journals dealing with climate change. He asserted that “Although climate is inarguably changing society, social practices are also impacting on the climate. Nature and culture are deeply entangled, and researchers must examine how each is shaping the other. But they are largely failing to do so” (Hulme 2011)*. This was likely the first time that many climate scientists had thought much about the humanities as relevant to what they were studying.

This book sets out to rectify that, documenting what a broad selection of academics, journalists, artists, and others working in the humanities and social sciences have been writing about climate change recently. It consists of over 200 summaries of such works and provides a good introduction to the range of thinking about climate change addressed by non-scientists, and a good entry point to a growing literature. $19.95 at Amazon.com

*Hulme, M., 2011. Meet the humanities. Nature Climate Change 1, 177-179.

The 2009 View: Globalization may be Thwarted as a Result of Climate Change and Diminished Oil Supply

by Margaret Loncki

Just how devastating are the potential effects of both global warming and peak oil on global trade? Fred Curtis, professor of economics and environmental studies at Drew University, explains that the effects are potentially disastrous. Curtis points out the four main characteristics of climate change are capable of undermining global trade: increased temperature, rising sea levels, increased precipitation, and increased hurricane severity. Curtis also explores how peak oil will play a role in global trade. Peak oil, a point at which maximum oil output is reached, will result in an increased gap between oil demand and oil supply leading to increased oil prices. Increased gas prices lead to less cost-effective shipping, and therefore, discouraged international trade. Curtis concludes that current climate change policy is too insignificant and will be unable to mitigate the effects of decreased international trade. Continue reading