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Books cover renewable energy sources including solar electric, solar thermal, wind, ethanol, biodiesel, and others. They cover saving energy through efficiency, conservation, cogeneration and distributed generation. Books also deal with the plethora of impacts and issues associated with conventional energy sources, including oil, coal, natural gas, and large scale hydroelectric generation. Issues include ecosystem impacts and protection, air pollution, greenhouse gases, peak oil and gas, supply interruptions, national security, and the economic impacts of demand outstripping supply.

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Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030. By Tony Seba. We are on the cusp of the most radical transformation in energy and transportation in a century. Exponentially improving technologies such as electric vehicles, solar, electricity storage, sensors, and more are turning the industrial-era energy and transportation industries upside down and making the gasoline vehicle, conventional energy and the whole public and private transportation infrastructure obsolete. As Kindle | More… | Tony Seba EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030

Energy & Emissions Markets: Collision or Convergence. By Peter Fusaro. Demonstrates how energy and environmental issues are linked. Describes how the beginning of European emissions trading in 2005 and the implementation of the Kyoto protocol have accelerated efforts already underway in the U.S. to use market forces to remediate environmental issues. Analyzes topics such as renewable energy trading, green project financing, the birth of the global emissions market and global trading schemes, carbon exchanges, legal agreements for emissions trading, managing risks, and investment opportunities. As Kindle | More… | Peter Fusaro EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Energy & Emissions Markets: Collision or Convergence

Energy and Environmental Trading. By Peter Fusaro. Covers the fallout from Enron's bankruptcy and the near demise of energy merchant trading as well as the subsequent expansion of energy and environmental trading (after legal and regulatory changes provided new opportunities and challenges). Also reviews new contractual frameworks addressing climate change. Discussion of new energy and environmental markets and their developing framework of corporate, regulatory, tax and financial law shows history in the making. Also covers energy trading documentation, bankruptcy law, and creditors rights. More… | Peter Fusaro EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Energy and Environmental Trading

Energy Policy in the Greenhouse: From Warming Fate to Warming Limit. By Jonathan Koomey. The globe is warming, and while no one knows what will happen as a result, it is clear that slowing the process is a necessary goal. This study brings sophisticated computer modeling to bear on ways of minimizing the risks. Fossil carbon emissions, other trace gases and releases from other sources are all taken into account, and the authors demonstrate the global need to reduce cumulative releases. They also demonstrate the need to return to a rate of forest carbon storage equal to that of the mid-1980s. As Kindle | More… | Jonathan Koomey EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds

From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity. By John Perlin. This classic work tracks the evolution of photovoltaics – solar cells that convert the sun's energy directly into electricity. Perlin's painstaking research results in a fascinating account of the development of this technology, from its shaky nineteenth-century beginnings mired in scientific controversy to its high-visibility success in the space program, to its current position as a versatile and promising power source. For the lay reader, it provides background on a technology that may be our best energy option for the future. More... | John Perlin EcoSpeakers Info >>

       From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity

Green Home Improvement: 65 Projects That Will Cut Utility Bills, Protect Your Health & Help the Environment. By Dan Chiras. The projects described range from quick, easy, low-cost tasks like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks, or painting with insulating paint, to bigger-ticket items like installing an energy-efficient heating system, energy-conserving windows, or green flooring. For each project, it outlines the steps required, the material and installation options, the cost, the payback, as well as the health, comfort, and environmental benefits. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Home Improvement

GreenSense for the Home: Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects. By Eric Corey Freed. When does a green home project make financial sense? In this information-packed book, the authors walk readers through 50 green home projects and break them down according to the impact they have on the environment as well as on the reader’s wallet. They evaluate insulating pipes, weatherizing doors and windows, composting and recycling trash, installing a solar hot water heater, installing green countertops, upgrading appliances, building with reclaimed materials, installing radiant heat, and other projects. More… | Eric Corey Freed EcoSpeakers Info >>

       GreenSense for the Home: Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects

Green Trading Markets: Developing the Second Wave. By Peter Fusaro. Provides valuable information on U.S. innovations in the global development of green commodity markets. These include new ways of leveraging existing assets, new revenue streams and opportunities for commodity trading, approaches to improving management of greenhouse gases, and how to maximize renewable energy sources and efficiency. Technologies for renewable energy generation and energy efficiency are increasingly available, and these are being deployed on a cost-competitive basis using environmental financial trading. As Kindle | More… | Peter Fusaro EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Trading Markets:: Developing the Second Wave

The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate. By Joe Romm. Explains why hydrogen isn't the quick technological fix it's cracked up to be, and why cheering for fuel cells to sweep the market is not a viable strategy for combating climate change. Buildings and factories powered by fuel cells may indeed become common, but when it comes to transportation, hydrogen is unlikely to have a significant impact before 2050. Neither government policy nor business investment should be based on the belief that hydrogen cars will have meaningful commercial success in the near or medium term. As Kindle | More… | Joe Romm EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate

Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy. By John Perlin. Unprecedented gas prices, heat waves and droughts, climate change, Solyndra – all make “alternative” sources of energy contemporary areas of activism, controversy, lobbying, and legislation. Yet few know that the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans used solar energy in their architecture; that Galileo and da Vinci both planned uses for the power of the sun; and that by 1918, there were more than 4,000 solar water heaters in California. The history of solar energy gives readers an epiphany-producing sense of its future. As Kindle | More… | John Perlin EcoSpeakers Info >>

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

Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction. By Terry Tamminen. A hard look at the health, environmental, and national security costs hidden in every barrel of oil. While the petroleum industry is raking in huge profits, it is studiously avoiding measures that would lessen the hazards of its products. Using the successful lawsuits by state governments against big tobacco as a model, the author sets forth a bold strategy to hold oil and auto companies accountable and force industry reform. He also offers a blueprint for developing alternative energy sources based on California's real world experiences. As Kindle | More… | Terry Tamminen EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction

Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. By Debbie S. Miller. An appeal for the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, potentially threatened by oil and gas development. A resident of Alaska, the author draws on her thirteen years traveling extensively in the Refuge, exploring this unique, magical, and expansive territory from its coastal plain to its mountains, glaciers and rivers. She weaves together personal anecdotes, chilling adventures, wildlife observations, and Native issues to describe vividly the wonders of this preserve. As Kindle | More… | Debbie S. Miller EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

On Arctic Ground. By Debbie S. Miller. With more than 150 photos by outstanding photographers, this photo-essay book is the first to describe the wildlife, wilderness, paleontology and cultural history of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Reserve represents the largest block of public land remaining in America, a region larger than the state of Maine. It is adjacent to the Arctic Ocean – a region experiencing rapid changes because of global warming. This is a timely book about a controversial subject: Should we be developing fossil fuels in sensitive areas most impacted by global warming? More… | Debbie S. Miller EcoSpeakers Info >>

       On Arctic Ground

On Empty: Out Of Time. By Bill Roth. A wake-up call that graphically details the threat of economic and environmental disaster tied to our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels. It proposes fresh ideas for implementing a “Man on the Moon” national commitment for deploying American-owned sustainable technologies that will achieve lower pump/meter prices, reduce global warming and eliminate the need to protect oil fields. It outlines how the American consumer can be empowered to vote with their pocket books for changes that their political votes have yet to achieve. A must read for freedom from high pump prices. More… | Bill Roth EcoSpeakers Info >>

       On Empty: Out Of Time

Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity. By Dan Chiras. Provides a basic understanding of electricity, solar energy and the sun, and solar site assessment. Discusses the types of photovoltaics (PVs) and PV systems, advances in PVs, charge controllers, inverters, batteries and generators, as well as the installation and maintenance of a PV system. Describes the many options available in order to help homeowners make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of solar electric systems. As Kindle | More... | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity

Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence. By Dan Chiras. Faced with frequent power outages and skyrocketing energy costs, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently. An easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems. Includes information on ways to assess wind resources at your site, installation of wind turbines, towers, inverters, and batteries, system maintenance, and costs. Designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>
       Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence

Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World. By Denis Hayes. A safe, sustainable energy future is certainly not assured, given the awesome power of vested interests and inert bureaucracies. Major energy transitions always bring profound social change. The substitutions of coal for wood and wind helped usher in the industrial era. Petroleum, in turn, revolutionized our whole approach to travel, restructuring cities and shrinking the planet. Now, at the twilight of the oil age, we face another energy transition in the certain knowledge that it will reshape tomorrow’s world. More… | Denis Hayes EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World

Renewable Energy Policy. By Paul Komor. How do we move renewable energy technologies out of the laboratory and into widespread use? Renewable Energy Policy shows what public policy can – and cannot – do to help tap renewables' promise. It takes a pragmatic look at the myriad government efforts to promote renewables, and reports back on what works, what doesn't, and why. In clear, jargon-free language, it shows how and why some policies have achieved impressive results, and others have failed. Skillfully interweaving technology, economics, and politics, it reveals how policy ideas can have unintended results. More… | Paul Komor EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Renewable Energy Policy

The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling. By Dan Chiras. Passive solar heating and cooling can reduce or eliminate the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Now that energy efficiency has become standard, it is easier to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate. This book explains how builders can succeed with solar designs and how ventilation and filtering techniques can complement solar strategies. As Kindle | More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling

Solar Trillions: 7 Market and Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Clean-Energy Economy. By Tony Seba. Solar Trillions reveals market opportunities worth more than $35 trillion of the $382 trillion the world will spend in energy by 2050. Seba shows immediate as well as long-term market opportunities and why science facts and tech trends make solar inevitable. The opportunities include utility scale solar, industrial solar, solar for islands and remove areas, residential solar, using solar to produce clean water, batteries and energy storage technology, and the smart transmission grid. As Kindle | More… | Tony Seba EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Solar Trillions: 7 Market and Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Clean-Energy Economy

Watershed: The Undamming of America. By Elizabeth Grossman. Dams affect a river's ecosystem, throwing off the balance that fosters plant, insect and fish life. Grossman gives a national perspective to the current movement toward dam removal and reports on the complex and conflicting political and economic perspectives and pressures that drive or resist removal. Examines the implications of dam removal to America's rivers and their communities by exploring the stories of a number of places where dam removal and river restoration are now underway. This is a story of people and place, and of a vital turning point in the nation's relationship to its rivers. More... | Elizabeth Grossman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Watershed: The Undamming of America

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