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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1996
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
ENERGY POLICY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Renewable Energy Strategies for Europe, M. Grubb. Vol. I:
Foundations and Context, 120 pp., 1995, $14.95 (Roy. Inst. Intl. Affairs; in
the U.S from Brookings).
The first volume of a five volume series from the RIIA Energy &
Environment Program examing technological, financial, and political issues for
the European Union. The remaining titles, expected to be published in 1996, are:
Volume II: Electricity Systems and Primary Electricity Sources; Volume
III: Heat and Biomass Energy Sources; Volume IV: Synthesis and
Strategies; Volume V: Summary and Index. All are expected to run
between 80 and 120 pp. and cost $14.95 each. The five-volume set will cost
Into the Twenty-First Century: Harmonizing Energy Policy, Environment
and Sustainable Economic Growth, 528 pp., 1995, $79.95/$55.95 IAEE members
Proceedings from the 18th international conference of the Intl. Inst. for
Advances in Solar Energy: An Annual Review of Research and
Development, K.W. Böer, Ed., 1995, $125/$75 members (ASES).
This tenth volume in a series published by the Amer. Solar Energy Soc. has
the theme of the economic competitiveness of solar energy conversion to
conventional energy supply. Includes a major review of the special
characteristics of solar energy and its attractiveness to electric utilities,
which concludes that photovoltaics are already cost effective in some parts of
the U.S. Also discussed is the use of solar energy to remove pollutants from the
environment by way of photocatalytic reactions.
Climate Change in Asia and Brazil: The Role of Technology Transfer,
R.K. Pachauri, P. Bhandari, Eds., 200 pp., 1994 (TERI).
Analyzes the role of technology transfer in stimulating indigenous
technological capacity in developing countries. Case studies illustrate
experiences using cogeneration and lighting.
Reviews of Previous Entries: Energy Policy and Sustainable Development
Power from Plants: The Global Implications of New Technologies for
Electricity from Biomass, W. Patterson, 102 pp., 1994, £9.95
(Earthscan/Roy. Inst. Intl. Affairs; in the U.S., Brookings Inst.). (Previous
Digest entry in Books/Energy Policy, Nov.-Dec. 1994.)
Reviewed by G. Foley (Natural Resour. Forum, p. 255, Aug. 1995). The
author believes the most promising way forward for biofuels is through
development of a combustible gas. Most of the book is a review of research
underway on these technologies. Although Patterson is optimistic about the
longer-term future of using biofuels for electricity generation, he sees no
prospect of any immediate breakthroughs. The reviewer finds the book to be a
realistic, well-written and accessible overview.
Industrial Metabolism: Restructuring for Sustainable Development,
R.U. Ayres, U.E. Simonis, Eds., 376 pp., 1994, $35 (UNIPUB, for the U.N.
University Press, Tokyo). (Previous Digest entry in Books/Industrial
Metabolism, Mar. 1995.)
Reviewed by A. Scott and M. Redclift (Global Environ. Change, p.
157, May 1995), who call it an important and welcome addition to discussions
about environmental policy. Approaches the subject in a holistic manner;
however, omits discussion of the transfer of industrial metabolism to human
society and culture.
Transport in Transition: Lessons from the History of Energy Policy,
S. Peake, 144 pp., Aug. 1995, $19.95 (in the U.K. from Earthscan/Royal Inst.
Intl. Affairs; in the U.S. from Brookings). (Previous Digest entry in
Books/Energy, Sustainable Development, Oct. 1995.) A review in Energy Policy
(pp. 732-733, Aug. 1995) finds the book to be a welcome, timely and unique
treatment of the two topics.
Prospects and Strategies for Nuclear Power: Global Boon or Dangerous
Diversion? P. Beck, 118 pp., 1994, £12.95 pbk. (Earthscan/Roy. Inst.
Intl. Affairs). (Previous Digest entry in Books/Energy Policy, Nov.-Dec.
Reviewed by J. Chesshire (Energy Policy, pp. 731-732, Aug. 1995),
who calls the book a timely monograph that aims to provide a balanced appraisal.
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