Smart Energy: From Fire Making to the Post-Carbon World first traces the history of mankind's discovery and use of energy. It then reviews contemporary issues such as global warming, environmental deterioration, depletion of carbon energy sources, and energy disputes. Next, it evaluates technical innovations, system change, and international cooperation. Then, it tackles how civilization will evolve in light of meeting future energy needs, how Smart Energy will meet these needs, and defines the global mission. It ends with a summary of China’s vision of a Smart Energy future. This is required reading for everyone concerned about energy, environment, economy, human survival, and development
Preface. Exordium. Approaching Energy: Our Driving Force of Development. Face-Changing Skill: Energy. Conversion and Its Law. Like the Shadow Following the Body: Ubiquitous Energy. Blazing Fire: Beginning of Making Great Achievements. Domestication a Godsend: Expansion of Farming Force. Coal and Steam: Pushing Hand of Industrial Revolution. Electromagnetic Light: Ruler of Information Civilization. Climate Warming: A Hot Topic. Environmental Damage: Not Unwarranted Anxiety. The Seven Rivers about to Dry Up? Wind Is Difficult to Be Tamed. Technical Innovation: The Sunshine Passing through Clouds. System Change: Paving the Way for Advance. International Cooperation: Making Efforts for Win-Win. Prudent and Optimistic: There Is Still Disappointment in Hopes. Civilization Evolution: Principal Line of Energy Promotion. Intelligent Energy: The Wonderful Flower Born of Time. Totally Natural: Integration of Technology and System. Global Mission: Has a Very Long Way to Go. China’s Responsibility: Rationally Take. A Letter to Home. Hand in Hand: To Create Our Future.