Earth: The Operators' Manual

Earth: The Operators' Manual

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The booka€”companion to a PBS seriesa€”that proves humans are causing global warming and offers a path to the future. Since the discovery of fire, humans have been energy users and always will be. And this is a good thing-our mastery of energy is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom and has allowed us to be the dominant species on the planet. However, this mastery comes with a price: we are changing our environment in a profoundly negative way by heating it up. Using one engaging story after another, coupled with accessible scientific facts, world authority Richard B. Alley explores the fascinating history of energy use by humans over the centuries, gives a doubt-destroying proof that already-high levels of carbon dioxide are causing damaging global warming, and surveys the alternative energy options that are available to exploit right now. These new energy sources might well be the engines for economic growth in the twenty-first century.Or making hydrogen with extra electricity during windy times and then burning the hydrogen in power plants or cars, or using it in fuel cells to make electricity, when the need arises.42 We could go with hybrid cars plugged into a power grid smart enough to buy and sell power from them. ... In the fall of 2009, the Cape Cod Times, a small, regional newspaper out of Hyannis, Massachusetts, was printing onanbsp;...

Title:Earth: The Operators' Manual
Author:Richard B. Alley
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2011-04-18


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