Springer Milan Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London, 2012. X, 165 p. 57 illus. — ISBN 978-88-470-2477-9, ISBN 978-88-470-2478-6 (eBook), DOI 10.1007/978-88-470-2478-6.Concisely considers all major themes and technologies related to energy production (fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear) Directly tackles the issue of nuclear energy, including the Fukushima accident and its implications Makes a carefully reasoned case for a balanced energy mix which weighs demand, climate change due to atmospheric carbon, and radioactive waste Spiced with science, history, and anecdotes in a way that ensures rewarding reading without loss of rigor The general public has many misconceptions concerning energy sources; for example, how many realise that a nuclear power station releases more radioactivity into the atmosphere than a coal-fired power station, or that smoking just one cigarette carries the same risk as living next door to a nuclear plant for two years?This book argues that greater awareness of the facts is needed as we start to enter an energy crisis owing to increasing scarcity of fossil fuels and climate change impacts. It carefully explores this coming crisis and concisely examines all of the major technologies related to energy production (fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear) and their impacts on our society and environment. The author argues that it is wrong to pit alternatives to fossil fuels against each other and proposes that nuclear energy, although by no means free of problems, can be a viable source of reliable and carbon-free electricity. He concludes by calling for a diversified and rational mix of electricity generation in order to mitigate the effects of the energy crisis.Content Level » Popular/generalKeywords » alternate energy sources - alternative energy sources - carbon free electricity - energy crisis - energy pollution debate - fission energy - fossil fuel pollution - nuclear energy revisited - nuclear radiation safety - popular science energyRelated subjects » Energy Technology - Nuclear Energy - Particle and Nuclear Physics - Renewable and Green EnergyContents
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