The problems of global warming and environmental pollution are some of the most difficult challenges this planet faces in the 21st century. Carbon dioxide, often identified as one of the culprits, is an inevitable product of the combustion of fossil fuels, necessary for our modern economies to survive. Thus, The Carbon Dioxide Problem refers to the extremely complex matter of limiting carbon dioxide concentrations to levels that pose little environmental risk without devastating national economies and reducing living standards on the planet.
This timely book offers solutions to the global warming problem that lie in the development of comprehensive energy and environmental policies that emphasize the need to use energy efficiently while looking to develop alternative renewable sources. The experience of Japan is particularly relevant due to that country's great dependence on foreign fuel supplies, which has led it to be at the forefront of developing new energy conservation and antipollution technologies.
1. Global Warming and Its Effects 2. Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and the Earth's Carbon Balance 3. Energy Conservation and Improvement in Energy Efficiency: Secondary Energy Systems 4. The Energy Problem and Carbon Fixation by Land Vegetation 5. The Role of the Oceans 6. Technologies for the Recovery, Storage, and Utilization of Carbon Dioxide Emitted as a Result of Energy Use 7. The World's Energy Problem and Carbon Dioxide Emissions 8. The Carbon Dioxide Problem: A Summary of Technological Measures, and a Review of Policy and Economic Options