The Energy-Climate Continuum

Lessons from Basic Science and History

  • Antoine¬†Bret

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Antoine Bret
      Pages 3-8
    3. Antoine Bret
      Pages 9-23
    4. Antoine Bret
      Pages 25-33
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      Pages 35-54
  3. Elements of Solution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Antoine Bret
      Pages 69-95
    3. Antoine Bret
      Pages 97-116
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      Pages 117-122
  4. History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Antoine Bret
      Pages 125-130
    3. Antoine Bret
      Pages 131-140
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      Pages 141-148
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      Pages 149-152
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-169

About this book


This book puts the debates about the energy-climate continuum on a scientific ground!
It is a must-read for everyone, who wants to understand how intimately the energy and climate debates are linked to each other, and who wants to participate in these omnipresent discussions. Antoine Bret explains in his book how fossil fuels became indispensable for our society. He carefully explains how and why this impacts the earth's climate. And he points out that all available fossil fuels will sooner or later be used up. Therefore, he introduces and discusses the alternatives, which are currently considered. 

The book is divided into three parts. The first part explains the problem and where we stand today, the second part critically discusses possible elements of solution. The third part illustrates historic case studies, containing both warning as well as encouraging examples of societies at turning points.

This book is a careful introduction to these topics. The basic science behind the problem and the debates are introduced in an understandable and nicely readable fashion. Facts are illustrated with simple back-on-the-envelope calculations, providing a good feeling for orders of magnitudes. A rich appendix provides additional background information for the interested readers. In this way, the book can even be a valuable resource for introductory university courses in physics, climate science, natural science, and many more subjects.
This book is a real conversation starter, and can be recommended to everyone, specialist or non-specialist, who wants to understand the actual energy-climate debates and maybe even involve.


Carbon Sequestration Climate Change Energy Sources Energy Storage Fossil Fuels Green House Gas Emissions Renewable Energies The Energy-climate Continuum Wind, Water and Solar Power

Authors and affiliations

  • Antoine¬†Bret
    • 1
  1. 1.ETSI IndustrialesUniversidad Castilla La ManchaCiudad RealSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07919-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07920-2
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