"If the climate crisis had struck fifty years ago, we would have had no alternatives to fossil fuels. Today, there are many alternatives, and Tom Rand's book Kick is a superb introduction to them."---Gwynne Dyer, Journalist - International affairs
"Tom Rand makes a compelling case that we must adopt clean technology now. We all have a responsibility to future generations to act aggressively to avoid wide scale climate change. Refocusing our economy to adopt alternative, clean sources of energy is our best hope."---Steve Westly, former California State Controller and Managing Partner, The Westly Group
"Tom Rand does an excellent job of describing, in clear and concise terms, the bold steps required to truly embrace the potential of renewable energy technologies. Someone who practices what he preaches, Rand is a credible environmental champion and this book should be essential reading for anyone who is concerned about how we develop a `green' society."---1st Commissioner of Alternative Energy for the Province of Ontario
"With greenhouse gas emissions continuing to climb, and the effects of climate change already apparent, global action on climate change is urgent. That's why we need innovators like Tom Rand. ... His new book, Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, will help to make this change a reality. Through clear presentation and beautiful design this book paints a compelling picture of the future we can choose to have."---Andrew Heintzman, President & CEO - ICC, Chairman - IFC Chair of the Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel
"Now, there's no shortage of books out there about green energy, but there's little that explains it so simply and with the graphics and beautiful pictures that show how it's done and how it can help change our world for the better."---Tyler Hamilton, Senior Energy Reporter and Columnist - The Toronto Star
Imagine it's the year 2050 and your grandkids ask you, "Tell us again what you did when the Earth was getting hot." What are you going to tell them? While we can only speculate on the eventual impact of climate change, we do know the outcome will largely depend on actions that we take in the next few years.
Most of us realize that climate change is a pressing issue, but we're not sure what to do about it. Author Tom Rand believes that the first step is for the general public to know what our options are, and that's why he wrote this book. Contrary to much contemporary discussion, he believes that we do have the option to kick our fossil fuel habit altogether.
The book's format is designed to appeal to a wide range of readers---with lively text, stunning photographs and thoughtful analysis. Each chapter discusses one of the 10 leading clean technologies and concludes with the "Trillion-Dollar Question," which explores the potential of each technology if we were to invest on that scale.
In addition, 10 eco-essays answer questions and dispel myths about important related subjects, such as finance, climate science and global trade. All concepts are simply explained and all facts supported by comprehensive endnotes. Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit provides a promise for a better tomorrow by showing how existing clean technologies can help save our world for future generations.
Solar; Wind; Geothermal; Biofuels; Hydropower; Ocean; Smart Buildings; Transportation; Efficiency & Conservation; The Energy Internet; Preface; CLEAN TECHNOLOGY ESSAYS -- A New Economics -- A Price on Carbon; Climate Science I -- The Basics; Climate Science II -- The Complex Stuff; Climate Science III -- The Bad Stuff; Cheap Money -- Enter the Green Bond; Hydrogen -- An Energy Vector; Nuclear -- Fission and Fusion; Carbon Sequestration -- Burn it and Bury it; The End of Easy Oil -- Saving for the Future; Postscript: The World in 2050; Endnotes; Index.
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
For Grades: 7 - 12
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2010
Publisher: Eco Ten Publishing
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 25.5
Weight (kg): 1.51