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Energy Conversions:: Growth and Innovation

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195168754
eISBN:
9780199783601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168755.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Our civilization is based on massive consumption of fossil fuels. This chapter begins by examining technical advances of energy industries, before turning to energy transitions and the process of ... More


Renewable Energy

Melissa K. Scanlan

in Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300253993
eISBN:
9780300262919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300253993.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic Systems

This chapter looks at the monumental effort of deep decarbonization that requires a strategic focus on the largest sectors of emissions and an implementable plan to rapidly transform systems in order ... More


Corporate Purpose and Governance for a Livable Planet

Melissa K. Scanlan

in Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300253993
eISBN:
9780300262919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300253993.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic Systems

This chapter considers the role of business law within the field of environmental law. It makes the case that environmental law has largely ignored business law and economic system dynamics. It also ... More


Food and Agriculture

Melissa K. Scanlan

in Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300253993
eISBN:
9780300262919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300253993.003.0010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic Systems

This chapter considers food and agriculture as the most important economic sector to deeply decarbonize after energy. It explains how the simple act of eating a meal relies on an increasingly complex ... More


Finance: Capitalizing the Cooperative Movement

Melissa K. Scanlan

in Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300253993
eISBN:
9780300262919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300253993.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic Systems

This chapter sketches the pathways to sustainable development and deep decarbonization of finance, focusing on banks. It provides a case study of a cooperative exemplar to demonstrate how different ... More


Findings and Lessons for a Livable Planet

Melissa K. Scanlan

in Prosperity in the Fossil-Free Economy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300253993
eISBN:
9780300262919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300253993.003.0014
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic Systems

This chapter emphasizes how collaborations across nations to transform the global economy, deeply decarbonize, and reach the Sustainable Development Goals can have the potential to create a much more ... More


Making the transition

Dieter Helm

in The Carbon Crunch

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300186598
eISBN:
9780300188646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300186598.003.0011
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on the importance of a transition strategy—one that heads off the enormous projected expansion of coal-fired power stations and gets the existing ones closed as fast as possible. ... More


Racing to the Top: How Energy Fuels System Leadership in World Politics

William R. Thompson and Leila Zakhirova

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190699680
eISBN:
9780190909574
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699680.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

Over the past two millennia, one state has tended to lead as the foremost producer of energy and new technology. While it has not been fully recognized, these leads have become increasingly reliant ... More


Outcomes and Outlooks

Vaclav Smil

in Grand Transitions: How the Modern World Was Made

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780190060664
eISBN:
9780197548516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190060664.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The list of accomplishments resulting from the five grand transitions is both long and impressive. Unprecedented rates and scales of change multiplied population numbers, changed population dynamics; ... More


Can Regulators Ensure Environmental Sustainability?

Robert Baldwin and Martin Cave

in Taming the Corporation: How to Regulate for Success

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198836186
eISBN:
9780191873485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198836186.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Corporate Governance and Accountability, International Business

Sustainability is an urgent concern that grows in importance as the earth’s fragility becomes increasingly apparent. Regulating in order to promote sustainability, however, brings a number of ... More


Lessons from Germany’s Energiewende

Volkmar Lauber and Staffan Jacobsson

in The Triple Challenge for Europe: Economic Development, Climate Change, and Governance

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198747413
eISBN:
9780191809750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747413.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Political Economy

This chapter focuses on the German Energiewende which was designed as a long-term strategy in support of a transition to sustainability in energy supply. It was also a response to the challenge of ... More


The Future of Climate Change: Adaptation, Mitigation, Geoengineering and Decarbonization

Han Dolman

in Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198779308
eISBN:
9780191824388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198779308.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

The role of adaptation and mitigation to climate change is described using the concept of planetary boundaries. The future evolution of the main reservoirs of carbon is described. The role of the ... More


Summary

Robert May

in Energy... beyond oil

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199209965
eISBN:
9780191917363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199209965.003.0016
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability

Energy . . . Beyond Oil is important and timely and should be understood within the wider context of global climate change and future energy demands. In the 1780s John Watts developed his steam ... More


Challenges and options for sustainable travel: mobility, motorization, and vehicle technologies

Hannah Daly, Paul E. Dodds, and Will McDowall

in Global Energy: Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198719526
eISBN:
9780191788628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.003.0011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

The scale of the global transport system has expanded immensely with the growth of the world economy. This chapter examines the challenges faced in mitigating the unsustainable pathway of passenger ... More


Policies and conclusions

Paul Ekins

in Global Energy: Issues, Potentials, and Policy Implications

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198719526
eISBN:
9780191788628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.003.0027
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

There are a number of global imperatives which policymakers and their citizens need to address if they want their societies to have, or gain, secure access to modern energy services. These ... More


Racing to a Renewable Transition?

William R. Thompson and Leila Zakhirova

in Racing to the Top: How Energy Fuels System Leadership in World Politics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190699680
eISBN:
9780190909574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699680.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

In this chapter, we turn specifically to the question of renewables development and examine who is leading that race. While it is clear which state is in the lead at present, we consider whether it ... More


Denouement: World Politics, Systemic Leadership, and Climate Change

William R. Thompson and Leila Zakhirova

in Racing to the Top: How Energy Fuels System Leadership in World Politics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190699680
eISBN:
9780190909574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190699680.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Economy

In this final chapter, we conclude by recapitulating our argument and evidence. One goal of this work has been to improve our understanding of the patterns underlying the evolution of world politics ... More


Collaborating with Underserved Communities to Contribute to Decarbonization in the United States

LeRoy Paddock and Achinthi Vithanage

in Energy Justice and Energy Law

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198860754
eISBN:
9780191892899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198860754.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

In the United States, vulnerable populations are often disproportionately impacted by exposure to pollutants from fossil-fuelled power plants and petroleum-fuelled vehicles. This chapter examines ... More


International Trade in Carbon Units under GATS and Free Trade Agreements

James Munro

in Emissions Trading Schemes under International Economic Law

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198828709
eISBN:
9780191867101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828709.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

Chapter 5 examines whether measures affecting trade in carbon units constitute measures affecting trade in services under GATS and free trade agreements covering services. While carbon units ... More


Sustainable Finance and the Move to a Circular Economy

Janis Sarra

in From Ideas to Action: Governance Paths to Net Zero

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198852308
eISBN:
9780191886775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852308.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

Ultimately, our goal is to move beyond ideas, beyond action to net zero and then to ‘climate positive’; to create a circular economy that relies on renewable energy, designs waste out of the system ... More


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