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Coal Wars (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9781137279347    Publisher: Pan Macmillan Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hard Cover Language: English
Since the late 18th century when it emerged as a source of heating and later steam power coal has brought untold benefits to mankind. Even today coal generates almost 45 percent of the world's power....Read more
Since the late 18th century when it emerged as a source of heating and later steam power coal has brought untold benefits to mankind. Even today coal generates almost 45 percent of the world's power. Our modern technological society would be inconceivable without coal and the energy it provides. Unfortunately that society will not survive unless we wean ourselves off coal. The largest single source of greenhouse gases coal is responsible for 43 percent of the world's carbon emissions. Richard Martin author of SuperFuel argues that to limit catastrophic climate change we must find a way to power our world with less polluting energy sources and we must do it in the next couple of decades or else it is "game over." It won't be easy: as coal plants shut down across the United States and much of Europe turns to natural gas coal use is growing in the booming economies of Asia particularly China and India. Even in Germany where nuclear power stations are being phased out in the wake of the Fukushima accident coal use is growing. Led by the Sierra Club and its ambitious "Beyond Coal" campaign environmentalists hope to drastically reduce our dependence on coal in the next decade. But doing so will require an unprecedented contraction of an established lucrative and politically influential worldwide industry. Big Coal will not go gently. And its decline will dramatically change lives everywhere from Appalachian coal miners and coal company executives to activists in China's nascent environmental movement. Based on a series of journeys into the heart of coal land from Wyoming to West Virginia to China's remote Shanxi Province hundreds of interviews with people involved in or affected by the effort to shrink the industry and deep research into the science technology and economics of the coal industry Coal Wars chronicles the dramatic stories behind coal's big shutdown and the industry's desperate attempts to remain a global behemoth. A tour de force of literary journalism Coal Wars will be a milestone in the climate change battle.
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About the author: RICHARD MARTIN
Richard Martin is one of America's foremost writers and analysts on energy technology and foreign affairs. He is the editorial director at Navigant Research... Read more
Richard Martin is one of America's foremost writers and analysts on energy technology and foreign affairs. He is the editorial director at Navigant Research the premier clean energy research and analysis firm. A contributing editor for Wired feature writer for Fortune and energy blogger for Forbes.com he is the author of SuperFuel which chronicled the thorium power movement. He lives in Boulder Colorado.
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