Driving Climate Change

Book description

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing global society. The debate over what to do is confounded by the uncertain relationship between increasing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, and the impact of those changes on nature and human civilization.

This book will provide professionals and students alike with the latest information regarding greenhouse emissions while presenting the most up-to-date techniques for reducing these emissions. It will investigate three broad strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: 1) reducing motorized travel, 2) shifting to less energy intensive modes, and 3) changing fuel and propulsion technologies. Findings will be presented by the leaders in the field with contributions from professors, researchers, consultants and engineers at the most prominent institutions - commercial, academic and federal - dealing with environmental research and policy.

* Includes a comprehensive evaluation of current industrial practice

* Provides technologically sound and manageable techniques for engineers, scientists and designers

* Incorporates guidelines for a sustainable future

Table of contents

  1. Front cover
  2. Title page
  3. Copyright page
  4. Table of contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Preface
  7. CHAPTER 1: Introduction and Overview
    1. GHG Emissions Headed in Wrong Direction
    2. The Asilomar Declaration
    3. References
  8. CHAPTER 2: Peaking of World Oil Production and Its Mitigation
    1. Peaking of World Conventional Oil Production
    2. Oil Reserves
    3. Projections of the Peaking of World Oil Production
    4. Previous Oil Supply Shortfalls and Disruptions
    5. Mitigation Options and Issues
    6. Three Mitigation Scenarios (1/2)
    7. Three Mitigation Scenarios (2/2)
    8. Wildcards in Oil Peak Predictions
    9. Conclusion
    10. References
  9. CHAPTER 3: Toward a Policy Agenda for Climate Change: Changing Technologies and Fuels and the Changing Value of Energy
    1. Global Societal Trends
    2. Future Energy Challenges
    3. Transportation Energy Policy Trends
    4. Technology Trends in Transportation
    5. Conclusion
    6. Author’s Note
    7. References
  10. CHAPTER 4: Coordinated Policy Measures for Reducing the Fuel Use of the U.S. Light-Duty Vehicle Fleet
    1. Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    2. Projections of LDV Fuel Use and GHG Emissions
    3. Policy Measures to Reduce GHG Emissions (1/2)
    4. Policy Measures to Reduce GHG Emissions (2/2)
    5. Rationales for Combinations of Policy Measures
    6. Development of a Sample Policy Package (1/2)
    7. Development of a Sample Policy Package (2/2)
    8. Conclusion
    9. References
  11. CHAPTER 5: Carbon Burdens from New Car Sales in the United States
    1. Trends in U.S. Automotive CO2 Emissions
    2. Carbon Burdens of Major Automakers
    3. Notable Trends Influencing Carbon Burdens
    4. Reducing Automotive Carbon Burdens
    5. References
  12. CHAPTER 6: Reducing Vehicle Emissions Through Cap-and-Trade Schemes
    1. Previous Studies
    2. Upstream Trading
    3. Downstream Trading
    4. Upstream/Downstream Hybrid
    5. Incorporating Vehicles into a Carbon Trading Program
    6. Conclusion
    7. References
  13. CHAPTER 7: North American Feebate Analysis Model
    1. Analyzing Feebates in the North American Market
    2. Structure of the North American Feebate Analysis Model
    3. Canadian and U.S. Light-Duty Vehicle Markets
    4. Manufacturer and Consumer Decision Making
    5. Nature of Analysis and Major Assumptions
    6. Results (1/3)
    7. Results (2/3)
    8. Results (3/3)
    9. Conclusion
    10. Author’s Note
    11. References
  14. CHAPTER 8: Reducing Growth in Vehicle Miles Traveled: Can We Really Pull It Off?
    1. Evolving Transportation Approach to Solving Congestion
    2. Changing the Paradigm
    3. Conclusion
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. References
  15. CHAPTER 9: International Comparison of Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Passenger Vehicles
    1. Comparison of Vehicle Standards around the World (1/2)
    2. Comparison of Vehicle Standards around the World (2/2)
    3. Country and Regional Profiles (1/2)
    4. Country and Regional Profiles (2/2)
    5. Issues and Methodologies Involved with Comparing Vehicle Standards Around the World
    6. Conclusions
    7. References
  16. CHAPTER 10: Reducing Transport-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Developing Countries: The Role of the Global Environmental Facility
    1. Creation of Operational Program #11
    2. The First Years of the GEF Transportation Program: Hydrogen Fuel Cells
    3. Criticism of Fuel Cell Bus Effort
    4. Current GEF Transport Priorities
    5. NMT Projects Financed under the GEF
    6. The GEF and Bus Rapid Transit
    7. Other Areas for Future GEF Transport Sector Involvement (1/2)
    8. Other Areas for Future GEF Transport Sector Involvement (2/2)
    9. Conclusions
    10. References
  17. CHAPTER 11: What Multilateral Banks (and Other Donors) Can Do to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Case Study of Latin America and the Caribbean
    1. Opportunities for Donor Agencies in Climate Change and Transportation
    2. Review of Cities and Development of Criteria
    3. Identification of Candidate Cities
    4. Conclusions and Recommendations
    5. References
  18. CHAPTER 12: From Public Understanding to Public Policy: Public Views on Energy, Technology, and Climate Science in the United States
    1. Public Awareness
    2. Public Understanding
    3. Impact of Information on Public Opinion
    4. Strength of Opinion
    5. Changing Behavior and Perceptions of the Role of the Consumer
    6. Identity Politics: Death of Environmentalism?
    7. Conclusion
    8. References
  19. CHAPTER 13: Narrative Self-Identity and Societal Goals: Automotive Fuel Economy and Global Warming Policy
    1. What Is a “Rational” Consumer and Does This Idea Dominate Transportation Energy Analysis?
    2. An Alternative Behavioral Approach (1/3)
    3. An Alternative Behavioral Approach (2/3)
    4. An Alternative Behavioral Approach (3/3)
    5. An Application of the Alternative Approach
    6. Conclusions
    7. Acknowledgment
    8. References
  20. CHAPTER 14: Lost in Option Space: Risk Partitioning to Guide Climate and Energy Policy
    1. Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Ignorance: The Monsters under the Bed
    2. Risk Partitioning in the Energy/Climate Dilemma
    3. Scenario Planning
    4. Real Options Analysis
    5. Taking Thought
    6. References
  21. CHAPTER 15: Toward a Transportation Policy Agenda for Climate Change
    1. Crisis and Opportunity: Numbers, Needs, and the Not Particularly Rational Transportation Consumer
    2. The Regulatory Landscape for Transportation, Energy, and Climate Change
    3. The Promise of Integrated Transportation Solutions
    4. Conclusion: Toward a Policy Agenda for Climate Change
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. References
  22. APPENDIX A: About the Editors and Authors (1/2)
  23. APPENDIX A: About the Editors and Authors (2/2)
  24. APPENDIX B: Asilomar Attendee List: 2005 (1/2)
  25. APPENDIX B: Asilomar Attendee List: 2005 (2/2)
  26. Index (1/3)
  27. Index (2/3)
  28. Index (3/3)

Product information

  • Title: Driving Climate Change
  • Author(s): Daniel Sperling, James S. Cannon
  • Release date: July 2010
  • Publisher(s): Academic Press
  • ISBN: 9780080464688