Environmental Science/Climate Change & Mitigation

Climate Policy
International Perspectives on Greenhouse Gases

Editor: Gabriela Ionescu, PhD

Climate Policy

Published. Now available.
Pub Date: May 2016
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771884143
E-Book ISBN: 9781771884150
Pages: 300pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 4 color and 43 b/w illustrations

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Climate change threatens our planet's future—and at this point, it's inevitable. Since it's too late to prevent climate change, we must find ways to prepare for it, while doing all we can to slow down the processes that are causing it. The editor of this compendium, an experienced and respected scientist is the field, has collected research vital to the challenges we are facing. The book offers a multiperspective look at ways to reduce greenhouse gases and find fossil fuel alternatives from a truly international roster of researchers and scientists.

Included in the book are
  • an initial chapter on climate change impact potentials
  • chapters on reducing the carbon footprint
  • chapters on other greenhouse gases’ reduction
  • chapters on fossil fuel alternatives
  • a final chapter suggesting a new framework for climate change research
The chapters will point graduate students and scientific researchers toward future investigations that are still urgently needed. This compendium will also be a significant resource for policymakers and graduate-level environmental policy students.

Part I: Climate Change Impact
1. Climate-Change Impact Potentials as an Alternative to Global Warming Potentials
Miko U. F. Kirschbaum

Part II: Addressing Climate Change
2. Sustainable Development and Technological Impact on CO2 Reducing Conditions in Romania
Lucian-Ionel Cioca, Larisa Ivascu, Elena Cristina Rada, Vincenzo Torretta, and Gabriela Ionescu
3. Barriers to the Deployment of Low Carbon Technologies: Case Study of ArunTM 160 Solar Concentrator for Industrial Process Heat
Pleasa Serin Abraham and Haripriya Gundimeda

Part III: Other Greenhouse Gases
4. Atmospheric Ozone and Methane in a Changing Climate
Ivar S. A. Isaksen, Terje K. Berntsen, Stig B. Dalsøren, Kostas Eleftheratos, Yvan Orsolini, Bjørg Rognerud, Frode Stordal, Ole Amund Søvde, Christos Zerefos, and Chris D. Holmes
5. The Role of HFCs in Mitigating 21st Century Climate Change
Y. Xu, D. Zaelke, G. J. M. Velders, and V. Ramanathan
6. Analysis of Thermodynamic Characteristic Changes in Direct Expansion Ground Source Heat Pump Using Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) Substituting for HFC-134a
Yuefen Gao, Honglei Zhao, Yingxin Peng, and Tony Roskilly
7. Inventories and Scenarios of Nitrous Oxide Emissions
Eric A. Davidson and David Kanter

Part IV: Fossil Fuel Alternatives
8. Differences Between LCA for Analysis and LCA for Policy: A Case Study on the Consequences of Allocation Choices in Bio-Energy Policies
Tjerk Wardenaar, Theo van Ruijven, Angelica Mendoza Beltran, Kathrine Vad, Jeroen Guinée, and Reinout Heijungs
9. An Improved Optimal Capacity Ratio Design Method for WSB/HPS System Based on Complementary Characteristics of Wind and Solar
Xiaoju Yin, Fengge Zhang, Zhenhe Ju, and Yonggang Jiao
10. Impact of the Choice of Emission Metric on Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Costs
Maarten van den Berg, Andries F. Hof, Jasper van Vliet, and Detlef P. van Vuuren

Part V: Conclusions
11. A New Scenario Framework for Climate Change Research: The Concept of Shared Climate Policy Assumptions
Elmar Kriegler, Jae Edmonds, Stéphane Hallegatte, Kristie L. Ebi, Tom Kram, Keywan Riahi, Harald Winkler, and Detlef P. van Vuuren

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Gabriela Ionescu, PhD
Department of Energy Production and Use, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania; Collaborator of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

Dr. Gabriela Ionescu obtained her PhD in Power Engineering from Politehnica University of Bucharest and in Environmental Engineering from University of Trento. She is currently a member of the Department of Energy Production and Use at the Politehnica University of Bucharest and collaborator of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Trento. She has done prolific research and has been published multiple times in areas related to energy efficiency, waste and wastewater management, energy conservation, life-cycle assessment, environmental analysis, and sustainability feasibility studies.

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