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Climate and Energy: The Feasibility of Controlling CO2 Emissions

  • P. A. Okken
  • R. J. Swart
  • S. Zwerver

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. P. A. Okken, R. J. Swart, S. Zwerver
    Pages 3-17
  3. H. Y. Becht, J. P. Van Soest
    Pages 41-59
  4. F. M. J. A. Diepstraten, W. Van Gool
    Pages 60-77
  5. W. C. Turkenburg, E. A. Alsema, K. Blok
    Pages 95-106
  6. C. A. Hendriks, K. Blok, W. C. Turkenburg
    Pages 125-142
  7. Hein J. W. de Baar, Michel H. C. Stoll
    Pages 143-177
  8. A. C. van der Harst, A. J. F. M. van Nieuwland
    Pages 178-188
  9. Jan H. C. van der Veer, Toine W. M. van Wunnik
    Pages 189-199
  10. H. Muis, A. F. L. Slob
    Pages 200-215
  11. W. van Gool
    Pages 261-267

About this book

Introduction

Rapidly increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, emerging evidence of global warming and the threat of uncontrollable climate feedback mechan:i,sms are now triggering international action to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. In 1989 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), established by the United Nations Environment Pro­ gramme and the World Meteorological Organization, started preparations for an international convention on climate. This convention is to be followed by protocols (agreements) on the reduction of the emissions of greenhouse gases and other measures and implementation mechanisms to preserve the global climate. After the CFC's, CO is the next in line, as the sources 2 and abatement measures for CH and N 0 are as yet insuffi­ 4 2 ciently understood. However, the abatement of CO . is a far 2 reaching issue. It will require major changes wi thin the most important sectors of the economy: energy (production and use) and agriculture (deforestations and land use pat­ terns). Given this situation it is not so surprising that national governments are hesitant to take action. One reason is the remaining uncertainty regarding the rat,e and the extent of climate change. However, further analysis will show that the uncertainties will be outweighed by the increasing risks when measures to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases are delayed.

Keywords

CO2 Emission Conservation Solar energy controlling hydrogen

Editors and affiliations

  • P. A. Okken
    • 1
  • R. J. Swart
    • 2
  • S. Zwerver
    • 2
  1. 1.Netherlands Energy Research FoundationPetten (NH)The Netherlands
  2. 2.National Institute of Public Health and Environmental ProtectionBilthovenThe Netherlands

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