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Green illustrates and sheds new light on the gamut of issues associated with renewable energy, a topic whose importance increases exponentially with every temperature record-setting year. Jane and Michael Hoffman use their years of experience to explain the technological and economic future of this ecologically significant issue. They incisively explain its politics: what ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
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David Parker
Renewable energy comes from resources that can be replenished in a relatively short period of time: biomass, hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar.
Clean energy comes from those sources of power and fuel that doesn't produce carbon, sulfur, mercury, or plutonium as they produce energy.
Sustainable energy can be maintained at a certain level for an indefinite period of time.
Muscle energy is renewable, through eating and sleeping and is the ultimate clean energy.
Mary Anne
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mary Anne by: Maggie
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I'm suddenly surrounded by very environmentally friendly folk, and I know pretty much nothing about the subject. Now my students are telling me that using plastic water bottles (and recycling them) is *still* not good, so I found myself motivated to learn more.

That doesn't really directly drive me to this book, but I knew I had it and figured I'd give it a try. I really appreciated the history that the Hoffman includes early on in the book. I also appreciated the explanations of the different ki
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed it for the most part, it was well-written and clearly explained key ideas without being too complicated. Opened my eyes to a few new technologies, concepts, etc. and strengthened my belief that this "revolution" is imminent, if not current. It lost some points for me because it often tried to take a light-hearted attitude, which just seemed forced, and I was left wanting a bit more out of it. ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
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I wonder if I would have rated this higher if I read it closer to its publication date. It explains a lot of concepts around green energy in a very accessible manner. Today none of this was revolutionary, so it seemed pretty elementary. But I imagine a few years ago this would have seemed to have been an interesting, cutting edge primer.
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
It provides a nice synopsis of the ways to reduce green house gas emissions. It's brief discussion of many different renewable energy developments makes a great primer for anyone interested in the topic.
Bill Sleeman
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
The ideas and recommendations in this book are very worthwhile. It defiantly serves as a solid introduction to “green” issues. Sadly it was a tiresome read – a dull style and overworked clichés made it slow going overall.
Lynn Vannucci
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A book I edited - a wonderful primer for understanding the coming green economy.
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Lots of detailed descriptions of renewable energy and practical ways to improve our society.
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