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Climate Change and Global Sustainability

A Holistic Approach

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Climate change owing to global warming is a paramount concern for society in the 21st century, and it is not an issue that can be solved by individual academic or scientific disciplines working in isolation. Because climate change involves a wide range of interlinked problems, solutions must be pursued in an interdisciplinary manner. This book adopts just such a holistic approach in examining various aspects of global warming, and offers readers a comprehensive overview of the problem.

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Shell energy scenarios to 2050

To help think about the future of energy, Shell has developed two scenarios that describe alternative ways it may develop. In the first scenario, called “Scramble”, policy-makers pay little attention to more efficient energy use until supplies are tight. Likewise, greenhouse gas emissions are not seriously addressed until there are major climate shocks. In the second scenario, “Blueprints”, growing local actions begin to address the challenges of economic development, energy security and environmental pollution. A price is applied to a critical mass of emissions, giving a huge stimulus to the development of clean-energy technologies such as carbon dioxide capture and storage, and energy efficiency measures. The result is far lower carbon dioxide emissions. Shell’s chief executive, Jeroen van der Veer, said in 2008

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