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Energy, Environment and Development


By: Jose Goldemberg and Oswaldo Lucon

448 pages, figs, tabs, photos


Paperback | Nov 2009 | Edition: 2 | #180865 | ISBN-13: 9781844077496
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About this book

Much has been written recently on the relationship between energy and the environment, as well as between energy and development. Yet to study these separately gives only a partial, distorted picture. In the first edition of this book, Professor Goldemberg pioneered the study of all three elements in relation to one another.

With contributions from Oswaldo Lucon, this second edition has been expanded and updated. The book starts by examining energy, relating it to human activities, to existing natural resources and to development indicators. Disaggregating national populations by income and by how different income groups consume energy, the authors identify the differences between local, regional and global environmental impacts, and can thus ascertain who is responsible for them. Finally, they discuss general and specific policies to promote sustainable development in energy.

"Energy, Environment and Development" is the result of many years of study and practical experience in policy formulation, discussion and implementation in these fields by the authors. Written in a technical yet accessible style, the book is aimed at students on a range of courses, as well as non-energy specialists who desire an overview of recent thought in the area.

'We won't be able to address climate change if the world sees it purely as an environmental problem. That's why books like this, which show we can tackle climate change and promote prosperity, are so important. By drawing out the links between climate change and economic development it provides the sort of broader framework for thinking that will help us get the big decisions right.' Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK Government 'This very timely book is a welcome addition to the literature on a topic that is rightly occupying centre stage in global discussions. Climate change is the biggest challenge our civilisation has had to face because it requires the collective response of all peoples and all nations. The view of developing countries, contained in this volume, is crucial to negotiations towards defossilising our economies.' Professor Sir David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (and Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government 2000-2007 'Energy systems need to change around the world to help address environment and other sustainable development challenges. How energy solutions can be identified, developed, and implemented is of great concern to us all. This is recommended reading!' Thomas B Johansson, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden 'By far the most comprehensive global overview of the inter-relationships between energy, environment and human development. Replete with key data, charts and diagrams... A tour de force.' Hazel Henderson, 'loaded with information' CHOICE Magazine


1. The Connections
2. Energy
3. Energy and Human Activities
4. Energy Sources
5. Energy and Development
6. Energy: The Facts
7. Energy and the Environment: The Causes
8. Technical Solutions
9. Policies to Reduce Environmental Degradation
10. World Energy Trends
11. Energy and Lifestyles
12. Energy and the Science Academies
Annex 1 - Energy, Environment and Development Timeline
Annex 2 - Conversion Units

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Jose Goldemberg, former rector of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil, has served as Federal Minister for the Environment, and Secretary of State for Science and Technology. A Visiting Professor at Princeton University and at the International Academy of the Environment in Geneva, he was also chair of the UNDP's World Energy Assessment.
Oswaldo Lucon has a PhD in Energy and an MSc in Clean Technology, and has worked in the environmental field for the last 20 years.

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