Integrating Climate, Energy, and Air Pollution Policies
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The MIT Press
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This book was conceived by Gary Bryner, who produced two drafts of the manuscript and worked on it until his untimely death in March 2010. When it became clear to Gary that he would be unable to complete the project, he asked Clay Morgan of the MIT Press to consider finding someone to take it over...
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The idea of the interconnectedness of nature and that “everything is connected to everything else” is at the heart of environmental science. Indeed, the very notion of an ecosystem suggests elements are linked together and act in harmony. At the same time, there may also not be any word more descriptive...
2. Fragmentation, Policy Integration, and Policy Change
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As we have seen, air pollution, climate change, energy use, agriculture, and land use are all intimately connected. Air pollutants that pose major public health threats are not the same ones as those that pose global climate threats but they often come from the same sources, and reductions aimed at protecting...
3. US Climate Policy
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Climate change requires a global policy response but US climate policy plays a critical international role for several reasons. The United States has been the major emitter of GHGs and its cumulative emissions tower over those of other nations. If the United States does not curtail its emissions, other countries...
4. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Generating Electricity
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Despite the considerable progress made in improving the energy efficiency of the US economy, emissions from generating electricity continue to be a major contributor to GHG levels. Although the economic downturn that began in 2008 has reduced the overall growth rate, electricity demand is projected...
5. Increasing Energy Efficiency and the Use of Alternative Energy
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Improving energy efficiency is a compelling climate and energy priority because it reduces air pollution, cuts spending on energy, avoids the need for siting new facilities, and eliminates the economic and environmental costs of building new sources of energy. Developing alternative energy sources is also a critical...
6. Transforming Transportation
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Nowhere is the case for policy integration clearer and more compelling than for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Transportation sources are responsible for 27 percent of total US carbon emissions and 33 percent of all CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion...
7. Integrating Agriculture, Energy, and Climate Change Policies
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Agricultural and related activities have significant implications for energy use, air and water quality, and climate change. Farming covers 40 percent of the globe (IASSTD 2009) and worldwide, agricultural and land-use decisions account for about one-third of human-driven global warming (Paustian et al. 2008). In...
8. Climate Change, Policy Integration, and Ecological Sustainability
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For readers who always begin books by reading the last chapter and for others who dozed off part way, here is what you missed. Although climate science still has many uncertainties, trends in the research since the 1990s clearly indicate that the threat of disruptive climate change is becoming more...
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Publication Year: 2012