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Lives Per Gallon

Author : Terry Tamminen
ISBN : 1597265357
Genre : Political Science
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How much would you pay for a gallon of gas? $4.00? $10.00? Would you pay with the health of your lungs or with years taken from your lifespan? The infamous "pain at the pump" runs much deeper than our wallets, argues Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and current Special Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Petroleum may power our cars and heat our homes, but it also contributes to birth defects and disorders like asthma and emphysema, not to mention cancer. In Lives Per Gallon, Tamminen takes a hard look at these and other health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. While the petroleum industry is raking in huge profits, Tamminen shows, it is studiously avoiding measures that would lessen the hazards of its products. Using the successful lawsuits by state governments against big tobacco as a model, the author sets forth a bold strategy to hold oil and auto companies accountable and force industry reform. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California's real world experiences. Certain to be controversial, Lives Per Gallon is an unblinking assessment of the true price of petroleum and a prescription for change. The choice is clear: continuing paying with our health, or kick our addiction and evolve beyond an oil-dependent economy.

Design With The Desert

Author : Richard Malloy
ISBN : 9781439881385
Genre : Nature
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The modern southwestern cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and El Paso occupy lands that once supported rich desert ecosystems. Typical development activities often resulted in scraping these desert lands of an ancient living landscape, to be replaced with one that is human-made and dependent on a large consumption of energy and natural resources. Design with the Desert: Conservation and Sustainable Development explores the natural and built environment of the American Southwest and introduces development tools for shaping the future of the region in a more sustainable way. Explore the Desert Landscape and Ecology This transdisciplinary collaboration draws on insights from leading authorities in their fields, spanning science, ecology, planning, landscape development, architecture, and urban design. Organized into five parts, the book begins by introducing the physical aspects of the desert realm: the land, geology, water, and climate. The second part deals with the "living" and ecological aspects, from plants and animals to ecosystems. The third part, on planning in the desert, covers the ecological and social issues surrounding water, natural resource planning, and community development. Bring the Desert into the City The fourth part looks at how to bring nature into the built environment through the use of native plants, the creation of habitats for nature in urban settings, and the design of buildings, communities, and projects that create life. The final part of the book focuses on urban sustainability and how to design urban systems that provide a secure future for community development. Topics include water security, sustainable building practices, and bold architecture and community designs. Design Solutions That Work with the Local Environment This book will inspire discussion and contemplation for anyone interested in desert development, from developers and environmentalists to planners, community leaders, and those who live in desert regions. Throughout this volume, the contributors present solutions to help promote ecological balance between nature and the built environment in the American Southwest—and offer valuable insights for other ecologically fragile regions around the world.

One Man S Planet

Author : Stephen M. Testa
ISBN : 9780922152858
Genre : Humor
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One Man's Planet is a slightly off-centered geologist's introduction to how politics, pop-culture and the earth sciences mix it up every day in all of our lives. A humorous look at a myriad of issue that grace the news and drive political debates from local councils to international discourse. One Man’s Planet picks apart the rhetoric on all sides of these debates to look at how the science describes the issue, often to the nakedness of the opposing parties. Tackling topics like climate, energy, water, and hazards, Stephen Testa channels Beanie Babies, Mad Max, and Shakespeare among others to examine the latest scientific understanding of these issues. Author Stephen Testa weaves science, personalities, pop culture and politics into a very informative and entertaining tapestry on the planet today and the planet's tomorrow. Come tour the Earth with Testa as your guide!

Transport Beyond Oil

Author : John L. Renne
ISBN : 9781597262422
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Seventy percent of the oil America uses each year goes to transportation. That means that the national oil addiction and all its consequences, from climate change to disastrous spills to dependence on foreign markets, can be greatly reduced by changing the way we move. In Transport Beyond Oil, leading experts in transportation, planning, development, and policy show how to achieve this fundamental shift. The authors demonstrate that smarter development and land-use decisions, paired with better transportation systems, can slash energy consumption. John Renne calculates how oil can be saved through a future with more transit-oriented development. Petra Todorovitch examines the promise of high-speed rail. Peter Newman imagines a future without oil for car-dependent cities and regions. Additional topics include funding transit, freight transport, and nonmotorized transportation systems. Each chapter provides policy prescriptions and their measurable results. Transport Beyond Oil delivers practical solutions, based on quantitative data. This fact-based approach offers a new vision of transportation that is both transformational and achievable.

The Vega Factor

Author : Kent Moors
ISBN : 9781118077092
Genre : Business & Economics
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How oil volatility is affecting the global political scene, and where the oil market is heading The world is rapidly moving towards an oil environment defined by volatility. The Vega Factor: Oil Volatility and the Next Global Crisis takes an in-depth look at the most important topics in the industry, including strategic risk, why traditional pricing mechanisms will no longer govern the market, and how the current government approaches have only worsened an already bad situation. Details the industry's players, including companies, traders, and governments Describes the priorities that will need to be revised, and the policies needed to achieve stability Explains how today's oil market is fundamentally different from the pre-crisis market Oil prices affect everyone. The Vega Factor explains the new international oil environment of increasing consolidation and decreasing competition, and reveals how consumers and investors can navigate price volatility and new government policies.

Making India Work

Author : William Nanda Bissell
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215500807
Genre : Business & Economics
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For a nation that has one of the highest growth rates in the world, India is plagued by poverty and corruption. Sixty years after Independence, India accounts for around 36 per cent of the world's poor. The deepening fault lines between the haves and the have-nots have given rise to skewed development and widespread discontent. William Nanda Bissell, Managing Director of the successful Fabindia chain, believes India's poverty is a direct result of its poor management by ruling elites who have mastered the art of winning elections but have no interest in the deeper issues of governance. He argues that economic development that consumes large amounts of natural resources and generates enormous pollution is not a luxury available to countries that are beginning their development now. Instead, he proposes a radical, new paradigm for development that delinks consumption from quality of life without destroying the natural environment in the process. Making India Work echo the ideas and beliefs that underpin the Constitution of India; but it ventures beyond the hackneyed phrases of development to focus on strategies which can, Bissell believes, end poverty in India in five years.

Not One Drop

Author : Riki Ott
ISBN : UCSD:31822035352798
Genre : Nature
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State Alternative Fuels Plan

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ISBN : UCSD:31822035272889
Genre : Alternative fuel vehicles
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Global Climate Change And The Road To Extinction

Author : James A. Kushner
ISBN : STANFORD:36105134441117
Genre : Political Science
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As nations and corporations discuss and undertake reform measures to slow or reverse this warming trend, the questions arise: What strategies exist to reverse the problems caused by greenhouse gases collecting in our atmosphere? What steps can be taken to reduce emissions? This book looks at strategies that can, and in most cases must, be undertaken at the personal, corporate, and governmental levels of municipalities, counties, states, nations, and within the international community. This book is designed to look at broad changes that are necessary and to explore the specific policies and mechanisms that are needed to implement them. After reviewing the science and potential consequences of global climate change, every facet of life is reviewed for sustainability to determine opportunities for reducing carbon emissions through alternative technology and conservation practices. The chapters explore these opportunities, and discuss the significance of our policies on agricultural and food, land use planning, brownfield development, redevelopment, consumption, economic development, education, emergency preparedness, energy, housing and construction, management of federal lands, seas, population, species protection, transportation, and water. The alternative to the strategies described is extinction.

Teri Information Digest On Energy And Environment

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ISBN : UCSD:31822009748450
Genre : Adaptation (Biology)
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