Ecological Sustainability: Understanding Complex Issues

Robert B. Northrop, Anne N. Connor

October 12, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 548 Pages - 14 Color & 98 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138077072 - CAT# K34270

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Features

  • Introduces and describes complexity and complex systems and how the complex issues that affect our sustainability can be modeled, and their future behavior predicted
  • Considers the effects of fossil fuel depletion, and the potential and sustainability impact of underdeveloped sources of fossil fuels, such as methane hydrate, natural gas, oil sands, and oil shale
  • Includes coverage of carbon capture, storage, and recycling technologies
  • Examines Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as a threat to the world’s food resources, and global climate change
  • Covers different alternative energy sources: biofuels (ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, hydrothermal carbonization, and syngas); and carbon-free/renewables (wind, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, thermophotovoltaic, thermoelectric, hydropower, geothermal, and hydrogen)

Summary

Complex systems is a new field of science studying how parts of a system give rise to the collective behaviors of the system, and how the system interacts with its environment. This book examines the complex systems involved in environmental sustainability, and examines the technologies involved to help mitigate human impacts, such as renewable energy, desalination, carbon capture, recycling, etc. It considers the relationships and balance between environmental engineering and science, economics, and human activity, with regard to sustainability.

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