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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBERS 11-12, NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1994
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS... ENERGY POLICY
Energy Strategies--Living with Restricted Greenhouse Gas
Emissions (Environ. Sci. Res. Ser., Vol. 47), J.C. White,
Ed., 214 pp., 1994, $75 U.S. & Canada/$90 elsewhere (Plenum).
Proceedings from a conference (Dec. 1992, Washington, D.C.),
sponsored by the Center for Environmental Information, Rochester,
N.Y. Covers the potential for non-fossil fuel energy sources; the
potential for reducing carbon emissions through efficiency; U.S.
energy policy and strategies; global energy
strategies--perspectives of developing countries and economies in
transition; integrating concerns of developing and developed
following are available through OECD outlets (Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development). Most are products of
OECD's International Energy Agency (IEA).
Energy Policies of IEA Countries, 528 pp., $112, Oct.
1994. This 20th anniversary edition contains the first round of
reviews undertaken through IEA Shared Goals, adopted by the
ministers in 1993. Reviews energy policies of selected countries
and presents a general report of major energy developments in
member countries and elsewhere in the world.
IEA/OECD Scoping Study on Energy and Environmental
Technologies to Respond to Global Climate Change Concerns,
250 pp., Sep. 1994. Currently available technologies are
insufficient to reduce greenhouse gases significantly in the
longer term. This study assesses technologies and development
Investing in Energy Efficiency: The Role of Third Party
Financing. Proceedings of a Conference. . , 160 pp., $40,
Aug. 1994. Financing energy efficiency investments through third
party "energy service companies" can help overcome
certain impediments. Topics included the importance of contracts,
sources of financing, role for government and utilities in
promoting alternative financing, future markets.
Coal Information 1993 (1994 Ed.), 550 pp., July 1994,
$125. A comprehensive reference on current world coal market
terms and long-term prospects for OECD countries and selected
non-OECD countries. Also includes a summary of environmental
policies on climate change issues.
Technology Responses to Global Environmental Challenges,
974 pp., Feb. 1994, $100. Proceedings of an IEA conference.
Sustained efforts must be undertaken by governments and the
private sector if technological breakthroughs are to be achieved
in the next several decades.
Hydropower, Energy and the Environment: Options for
Increasing Output and Enhancing Benefits, 583 pp., $75, Feb.
1994. Proceedings of a conference that covered topics like
regulatory approaches, economics, hydropower technology, and
increasing hydropower output while decreasing environmental
Transport Policy and Global Warming, 245 pp., Jan.
1994, $45. Proceedings of an international European Conference of
Ministers. Analyzes transport's role in global warming,
particularly those policies likely to stabilize and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Technology Strategy for the 21st Century, 370
pp., Jan. 1994, $89. Assesses the long-term technical and
economic potential of new energy technologies to respond to
energy security and environmental concerns. Issues include:
advanced clean coal technologies, enhanced environmental
protection in the oil chain; extensive use of new and renewable
energy sources; more efficient energy end use; clean-car
Demand Side Management Management: Opportunities and
Perspectives in the Asia-Pacific Region, with Emphasis on the Gas
and Electricity Sectors, 308 pp., Jan. 1994, $42. Proceedings
from a conference (Nov. 1993, Seoul, Korea) that addresses such
issues as: barriers to increased efficiency, and the potential
for adapting experiences from industrialized countries to the
region's developing countries.
Technology and Management Strategies for the Twenty-First
Century, 800 pp., Jan. 1994, $95. A conference proceedings
that shows how environmental and energy security concerns can be
alleviated for electric utilities and industry.
Electric Vehicles: Technology, Performance and Potential,
210 pp., Jan. 1994, $53. Gives an overview of the current status
of electric car and truck developments in IEA countries. Examines
prospects for technological advances in such areas as battery and
vehicle performance and electric recharging.
Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution, C. Flavin, N.
Lenssen, 384pp., Oct. 1994, $10.95 (Worldwatch).
Predicts a turbulent decade in which large energy companies
struggle to preserve the status quo, while newer firms and their
environmental allies fight to change government policies and open
energy markets to greater competition. Predicts emergence of
several new, efficient or decentralized technologies. Calls for
four changes in government policy: reducing current subsidies and
increasing taxes on fossil fuels; redirecting research and
development spending toward promising new technologies;
accelerating investment in new devices; channeling international
energy assistance for developing countries toward efficiency,
natural gas and renewable energy.
in World History, V. Smil, 352 pp., Oct. 1994, $44.95/?33.50
hbk, $19.95/?13.50 pbk (Westview).
Traces the role of energy from human power in foraging
societies to today's fossil-fueled civilization. Avoids
simplistic, deterministic views of energy needs and recognizes
the complex interplay of physical and social realities.
Next Great Thing: The Sun, the Stirling Engine, and the Drive to
Change the World, M. Shelton, 272 pp., 1994, $25 (Norton).
Follows the activities of Sunpower Inc., and its founder
William Beale and colleagues as they develop a solar-powered
Stirling engine. A prototype is capable of running an individual
house, but obstacles, such as lack of funding, remain.
Review of Energy and the Environment (Vol. 19), R.H. Socolow
et al., Eds., 567 pp., Oct. 1994, $71 U.S./$76 elsewhere (Ann.
Development and the Energy Industries: Implementation and Impacts
of Environmental Legislation, 1994 (Roy. Inst. Intl. Affairs;
U.S. distribution from Brookings Inst.).
Contains papers from diplomats, industry officials, and
Community Energy Law--Selected Topics, D.S. MacDougall, T.E.
W?lde, Eds., 304 pp., 1994, $110 (Kluwer).
Legal practitioners, academics, energy industry
representatives and others critique legal and policy
considerations of EC energy regulation. Highlights practical
implications, particularly for the oil and gas industry.
Renewable Energy Resources: A Guide to the Future, World
Energy Council, 392 pp., July 1994, $50/$75 nonmembers (USEA).
Evaluates new renewable energy technologies, assesses cost
data, appraises local environmental impacts, while stressing the
need to balance concerns about climate change and the adverse
local environmental impacts of renewable energy development.
Energy from the Ocean: A Guide to OTEC, W.H. Avery, C. Wu,
480 pp., 1994, $52 (Oxford Univ.).
Reviews the status and background of this promising
technology, providing the only detailed presentation of basic
OTEC (ocean thermal energy conversion) techniques and testing
available. Contains numerous references. Reviewed by P.H. Abelson
in Science, pp. 419-420, July 15, 1994.
Economic and Technological Aspects of Alternative Power Sources
(Oceanog. Ser. 56), R.H. Charlier, 556 pp., 1993, $222.75/Dfl.
Provides a comprehensive review of current technology for
ocean energy sources, opening with an analysis of OTEC. Also
examined are solar ponds, ocean currents, marine winds, wave
energy extraction, and power derived from salinity differences.
Also looks at geothermal and marine biomass energy.
following three books were reviewed by I. Fells in Nature,
pp. 27-28, July 7, 1994. These books express differing views on
their subjects; strongly confrontational in the first instance,
while Beck's book more coolly looks at pros and cons. Patterson,
a long-time anti-nuclear campaigner, looks at biomass as a
greenhouse-neutral energy source. The reviewer notes that the
future of nuclear and renewable energy seem inextricably entwined
because of the limited supplies of fossil fuels and the prospect
of climate change.
Nuclear Renewal: Common Sense About Energy, R. Rhodes,
127 pp., 1993, $17.50 (Whittle/Viking).
Prospects and Strategies for Nuclear Power: Global Boon or
Dangerous Diversion? P. Beck, 118 pp., 1994, ?12.95 pbk.
(Earthscan/Roy. Inst. Intl. Affairs).
Power from Plants: The Global Implications of New
Technologies for Electricity from Biomass, W. Patterson, 102
pp., 1994, ?9.95 (Earthscan/Roy. Inst. Intl. Affairs; in the
U.S., Brookings Inst.).
for Development 1993, 1993, special price of ?50 (World Coal
A proceedings, including all presented papers and transcripts
of summaries by panel chairpersons. Highlights the inescapable
role for coal as the primary fuel for future economic
development. Also serves as a reference on the coal industry's
response to current environmental and technical challenges;
analyzes the latest clean coal technologies; looks at challenges
from and responses to principles of sustainable development.
Environment and Sustainable Development: Challenges for the 21st
Century, 1993, $144.95/$208.95 nonmembers (IAEE). A three
volume set from the 16th international conference (July 1993,
and the Environment , 1993, $50.95/$70.95 nonmembers (IAEE).
Proceedings from the 15th North American conference (Oct. 1993,
Trouble, S. Nadis, J.J. MacKenzie, 300 pp., 1993, $12 (Beacon
Chronicles the history of automobile use, showing the changes,
including climate change, that motor vehicles have caused. Argues
that we should alter the fundamental way we think about
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