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Global Warming and Energy Policy

  • Behram N. Kursunoglu
  • Stephan L. Mintz
  • Arnold Perlmutter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Behram N. Kursunoglu, Edward Teller
      Pages 1-9
  3. A Scientific Assessment of Emission of Greenhouse Gases Into the Atmosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Klaus S. Lackner, Richard Wilson, Hans-Joachim Ziock
      Pages 31-46
  4. Nuclear Energy and Environment: Facts and Myths

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Leonard L. Bennett, C. Pierre Zaleski
      Pages 67-104
    3. Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero
      Pages 139-150
    4. Michael C. MacCracken
      Pages 151-159
  5. Nuclear Energy, Non-Proliferation, and Other Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Joseph Magill, Roland Schenkel
      Pages 173-185
    3. Randell L. Mills
      Pages 187-201
    4. Jacques Maire
      Pages 203-212
    5. Angelina S. Howard
      Pages 213-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 219-220

About this book

Introduction

The first part of the conference explores two major environmental concerns that arise from fuel use: (1) the prospect that the globe will become warmer as a result of emissions of carbon dioxide, and (2) the effect upon health of the fine particles emitted as combustion products. The conference focused on the fact that there was lack of data direct enough to enable us to predict an entirely satisfactory result, and that makes policy options particularly difficult. With regard to (1) above, in the second half of the 20th century there were major increases in anthropogenic C02 emissions, and it is generally agreed that these were responsible for an increase in C02 concentrations. But the relationship between global temperature and CO2 concentrations remains murky. The principal problem is that water vapor is a more important greenhouse gas than C02 and that the concentrations of water vapor vary widely in time and space. The approach to this problem is probably, but not certainly, a positive feedback effect: as temperature increases so does the water vapor leading to further temperature increases. Scientists associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tend to believe the general features of the models. Other scientists are often less convinced.

Keywords

Global warming Greenhouse gas atmosphere climate change nuclear energy temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Behram N. Kursunoglu
    • 1
  • Stephan L. Mintz
    • 2
  • Arnold Perlmutter
    • 3
  1. 1.Global Foundation, Inc.Coral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  3. 3.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1323-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5497-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1323-0
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