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Energy, Climate and the Environment

Energy, Climate and the Environment
20 Volumes | 2013 - 2019

Description

The aim of this series is to provide texts which lay out the technical, environmental and political issues relating to proposed policies for responding to climate change. The focus is not primarily on the science of climate change, or on the technological detail, although there will be accounts of this, to aid assessment of the viability of various options. However, the main focus is the policy conflicts over which strategy to pursue. The series adopts a critical approach and attempts to identify flaws in emerging policies, propositions and assertions. In particular, it seeks to illuminate counter-intuitive assessments, conclusions and new perspectives. The intention is not simply to map the debates, but to explore their structure, their underlying assumptions and their limitations. The books in this series are incisive and authoritative sources of critical analysis and commentary, clearly indicating the divergent views that have emerged whilst also identifying the shortcomings of such views. The series does not simply provide an overview, but also offers policy prescriptions.

All books of the series Energy, Climate and the Environment

2019 | Book

Vehicle-to-Grid

A Sociotechnical Transition Beyond Electric Mobility

​This book defines and charts the barriers and future of vehicle-to-grid technology: a technology that could dramatically reduce emissions, create revenue, and accelerate the adoption of battery electric cars. This technology connects the electric …

2019 | Book

Renewable Energy in the UK

Past, Present and Future

​This book offers a detailed account of how renewable energy has moved from the margins to the mainstream in the UK, and of the battles that have been fought to achieve this, trawling through the often troubled history of government involvement.


2016 | Book

Climate Change in World Politics

John Vogler examines the international politics of climate change, with a focus on the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC). He considers how the international system treats the problem of climate change, analysing the ways in which this has

2016 | Book

Global Climate Change Policy and Carbon Markets

Transition to a New Era

In this book, Richard Rosenzweig, describes the policies proposed and adopted in the first generation of climate change policy-making including the Kyoto Protocol and the carbon markets and assesses their failure to halt the increases of rising …

2015 | Book

Sustainability and Energy Politics

Ecological Modernisation and Corporate Social Responsibility

The author explores the fraught politics of energy transitions in an age of climate change. She does so through an ecological modernisation and corporate social responsibility lens which she contends shapes and underpins sustainability today. Case …

2015 | Book

Decarbonization in the European Union

Internal Policies and External Strategies

The authors examine how far internal policies in the European Union move towards the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 80-95 per cent by 2050, and how or whether the EU's 2050 objective to 'decarbonise' could affect the …

2015 | Book

The Rise and Fall of Carbon Emissions Trading

This book presents the results of the first full-scale emissions trading schemes in Australia and internationally, arguing these schemes will not be sufficient to 'civilize markets' and prevent dangerous climate change. Instead, it articulates the …

2015 | Book

Renewable Energy Transformation or Fossil Fuel Backlash

Vested Interests in the Political Economy

Renewable energy is rising within an energy system dominated by powerful vested energy interests in fossil fuels, nuclear and electric utilities. Analyzing renewables in six very different countries, the author argues that it is the extent to …

2015 | Book

Renewable Gas

The Transition to Low Carbon Energy Fuels

The author looks at the prospects for a transition from natural gas to low carbon gas, which could take several decades, and at how this will depend on the evolution of the fossil fuel industry. She investigates the technologies and energy systems …

2014 | Book

The European Commission’s Energy and Climate Policy

A Climate for Expertise?

This book offers a deep insight into the genesis and development of the European Commission's energy and climate legislation, focusing on the interplay of politics and science. How does the Commission react when confronted with knowledge? According t

2014 | Book

The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century

Policy Drivers and Market Challenges

This book provides a timely and insightful analysis of the expansion of biofuels production and use in recent years. Drawing on interviews with key policy insiders, Ackrill and Kay show how biofuels policies have been motivated by concerns over clima

2014 | Book

Keeping Cool in Southeast Asia

Energy Consumption and Urban Air-Conditioning

Against the backdrop of the environmental impact of household electricity consumption and the history of cooling practices, Marlyne Sahakian considers how people keep cool, from Metro Manila to other mega-cities in Southeast Asia.

2014 | Book

Climate Innovation

Liberal Capitalism and Climate Change

A comprehensive examination of the inability of liberal capitalism to generate the technological innovations necessary to prevent dangerous climate change. The case is made for the need for institutional evolution to drive the climate innovation, and

2014 | Book

The Political Economy of Renewable Energy and Energy Security

Common Challenges and National Responses in Japan, China and Northern Europe

Bringing together renewable energy and energy security, this book covers both the politics and political economy of renewables and energy security and analyzes renewable technologies in diverse and highly topical countries: Japan, China and Northern

2013 | Book

New Challenges in Energy Security

The UK in a Multipolar World

Researchers and practitioners explore the effect of evolving global economic and political powers on energy security within the UK and puts forward practical options for moving towards a more energy secure system over both the short and long terms.

2013 | Book

The Politics and Institutions of global Energy Governance

Thijs Van de Graaf traces the history of international energy governance from the notorious 'Seven Sisters' oil-companies cartel to the recent creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

2013 | Book

Governance Approaches to Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia

Academics and practitioners from across Asia and beyond revisit the issues and impact of climate change in Asia. They examine the preconditions for good governance regarding climate change, and the role of state and non-state actors in climate change

2013 | Book

Climate Change and Order

The End of Prosperity and Democracy

2013 | Book

Alternative Energy in the Middle East

Gawdat Bahgat examines alternative energy (renewable and nuclear) in the Middle East. These largely under-utilized resources represent tremendous economic and environmental opportunities.

2013 | Book

Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Experts from business, academia, governmental agencies and non-profit think tanks to form a transnational and multi-disciplinary perspectives on the combined challenges of environmental sustainability and energy security in the United States and Germ