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Energy, Environment, and Climate, 3rd Edition

  • Richard Wolfson
  • ISBN-10: 0393622916
  • ISBN-13: 9780393622911
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

An engaging exploration of energy’s impact

We live in a world where humans are using more energy with each passing year. This popular text explores the science behind energy production and its impact on the planet. While acknowledging that energy-driven climate change is the dominant energy issue of this century, author Richard Wolfson allows the science to speak for itself; students receive the tools and information they need to weigh challenging trade-offs and draw informed conclusions.


  • UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE THAT LETS THE SCIENCE AND DATA TELL THE STORY Our use of energy has substantially changed in recent years, driven in particular by the impacts of technologies like fracking and improved alternate-energy solutions. Further, our understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change has deepened, with major impacts now demonstrated in recent IPCC papers and other findings. This text fully updates students on both topics but lets the science and data tell the story.

  • MAKES COMPLEX SCIENCE ACCESSIBLE Energy and the environment is a broad and sometimes challenging subject. Wolfson handles each topic in a way that general education students can understand, with just the right level of detail.

  • GREAT ASSESSMENT THAT CHALLENGES STUDENTS AND ASKS FOR THEIR OPINION. Exceptional end-of-chapter assessments test comprehension and engage students in formulating arguments. Each chapter includes selections of basic questions for review, exercises that are more quantitative, research problems that go outside the text, and “Argue Your Case” scenarios that invite students to present and defend their point of view.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Changing Planet
Chapter 2: High-Energy Society
Chapter 3: Energy: A Closer Look
Chapter 4: Energy And Heat
Chapter 5: Fossil Energy
Chapter 6: Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuels
Chapter 7: Nuclear Energy
Chapter 8: Energy from Earth and Moon
Chapter 9: Direct from the Sun: Solar Energy
Chapter 10: Indirect from the Sun: Water, Wind, Biomass
Chapter 11: Energy Carriers: Electricity and Hydrogen
Chapter 12: The Science of Climate
Chapter 13: Forcing the Climate
Chapter 14: Is Earth Warming?
Chapter 15: Future Climates
Chapter 16: Energy and Climate: Breaking the Link

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