Apple Academic Press
396 pages | 87 B/W Illus.
This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.
Climate change is a significant threat to humanity's future. Culturally, politically, economically, and personally, however, we are all deeply embedded in a system that continues to send us on a collision course that leads directly toward this threat. At this point, climate change is inevitable. What we must do now is to find ways to prepare—and do all we can to slow our race to disaster. This means that a transition to a lower-carbon economy is unavoidable.
Biochemical research is vitally necessary for the transition we must make, and it will be an essential component of any climate policy. To that end, the editors have collected within this compendium the most recent and relevant research in this field. Included are:
These articles do not merely summarize answers that have already been found. Graduate students and scientific researchers will find these chapters also point the way toward future investigations that are still urgently needed. Policymakers and graduate-level environmental policy students will also find much food for thought within this compendium.
Part I: Introduction
Climate-Change Impact Potentials as an Alternative to Global Warming Potential; Miko U. F. Kirschbaum
The Macroecology of Sustainability; Joseph R. Burger, Craig D. Allen, James H. Brown, William R. Burnside, Ana D. Davidson, Trevor S. Fristoe, Marcus J. Hamilton, Norman Mercado-Silva, Jeffrey C. Nekola, Jordan G. Okie, and Wenyun Zuo
Part II: Biomass in Energy and Chemical Industries
Biological Feedstocks for Biofuels; Juan Carlos Serrano-Ruiz, María Pilar Ruiz-Ramiro, and Jimmy Faria
From Tiny Microalgae to Huge Biorefineries; Luisa Gouveia
Catalysis for Biomass and CO2 Use Through Solar Energy: Opening New Scenarios for a Sustainable and Low-Carbon Chemical Production; Paola Lanzafame, Gabriele Centi, and Siglinda Perathoner
Quantifying the Climate Impacts of albedo Changes Due to Biofuel Production: A Comparison with Biogeochemical Effects; Fabio Caiazzo, Robert Malina, Mark D. Staples, Philip J. Wolfe, Steve H. L. Yim and Steven R. H. Barrett
Biofuel for Energy Security: An Examination on Pyrolysis Systems with Emissions from Fertilizer and Land-Use Change; Chih-Chun Kung, Hualin Xie, Tao Wu, and Shih-Chih Chen
Energy Potential and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Bioenergy Cropping Systems on Marginally Productive Cropland; Marty R. Schmer, Kenneth P. Vogel, Gary E. Varvel, Ronald F. Follett, Robert B. Mitchell, and Virginia L. Jin
Streamflow Impacts of Biofuel Policy-Driven Landscape Change; Sami Khanal, Robert P. Anex, Christopher J. Anderson, and Daryl E. Herzmann
Part III: Biomass Challenges
Trading Biomass or GHG Emission Credits?; Jobien Laurijssen and André P. C. Faaij
Indirect Land Use Changes of Biofuel Production: A Review of Modeling Efforts and Policy Developments in the European Union; Serina Ahlgren and Lorenzo Di Lucia
Part IV: Conclusions
Safe Climate Policy is Affordable: 12 Reasons; Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh