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The Economic Competitiveness of Renewable Energy: Pathways to 100% Global Coverage

Author: Winfried Hoffmann
Publisher: Scrivener Publishing (July 2014)

The world is at the crossroads of either quickly changing the energy picture towards implementing efficient renewable energy sources or postponing this process by another generation.  Based on the author’s more than 30 years industrial experience, this book gives a set of assumptions by extrapolating known technology developments and shows that 100% coverage by renewable technology of the global energy needs is much more probable than previously argued. Find out more about the book here.

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The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance

Author: Jeremy Leggett
Publisher: Routledge Chapman & Hall (September 2013)

Systemic global risks of oil supply, climate shock and financial collapse threaten tomorrow’s economies and mean businesses and policy makers face huge challenges in fuelling tomorrow’s world. Jeremy Leggett gives a personal testimony of the dangers often ignored and incompletely understood – a journey through the human mind, the institutionalization of denial, and the reasons civilizations fail. It is also an account of tantalizing hope, because mobilizing renewables and redeploying energy funding can soften the crash of modern capitalism and set us on a road to renaissance. Find out more about the book here.

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Strategies for Climate Protection (Sustainable Energy Developments)

Author: Hans Josef Fell
Publisher: Crc Pr Inc (June 2012)

This book redefines climate protection measures and readjusts climate protection targets in line with what is scientifically necessary and economically feasible. The reader is provided with an overview of recent developments and failings in, and successful instruments for, fighting climate change and global warming. Effective climate protection measures rest on two pillars: stopping all greenhouse gas emissions and cleaning the atmosphere of spare carbon. Both are possible, if the use of fossil fuels in the energy, transport, construction and chemistry sectors is terminated and the decision is made to consistently switch to a world economy with zero emissions instead. Read more about the book here. The book is also available in German including a DVD.

Sustainable Energy Policies for Europe

Author: Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes
Publisher: CRC Press (September 2013)

This book provides an analysis of the different approaches and the reasons why there is no sustainable alternative to aiming for 100% renewables – and how this vision could come true. The book provides an overview and in-depth analysis of a vital debate. It describes how the present policy framework with 2020-targets for the share of renewables, for increase of energy efficiency and for greenhouse gas emissions reduction was developed and how it has been implemented so far. Furthermore, it describes and analyses the emerging debate about the future of our energy system and the necessary next steps and targets leading up to 2030. Read more about the book here.

Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy

Author: John Perlin
Publisher: New World Library; Revised Edition edition (September 2013)

Even as concern over climate change and energy security fuel a boom in solar technology, many still think of solar as a twentieth-century wonder. Few realize that the first photovoltaic array appeared on a New York City rooftop in 1884, or that brilliant engineers in France were using solar power in the 1860s to run steam engines, or that in 1901 an ostrich farmer in Southern California used a single solar engine to irrigate three hundred acres of citrus trees. More about the book: New World Library

 

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A Renewable World: Energy, Ecology, Equality

Author: Herbert Girardet & Miguel Mendonça
Publisher: Green Books (September 2009)

“Here’s the book we’ve been waiting for, a thorough, up-to-date, and above all proportionate response to our climatic predicament. When I say proportionate, I mean: it tells us how to solve the problem we really have, not the one we wish we had. It’s truly important!” Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org. Find out more about the book here and download the chapters you are interested in.