- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262512343
- ISBN-13: 978-0262512343
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Transportation in a Climate-Constrained World (MIT Press) 1st Edition
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Andreas Schåfer and his colleagues provide a clear and concise overview of the role that transportation plays in creating some of the global environmental challenges confronting us and look at the sort of technology that can help us circumvent the dangers of global climatic change. In doing this it brings within a single set of covers a wealth of information, systematically presented, and, importantly, written in a way that can be followed by a non-specialist. It is a very welcome addition to the literature.(Kenneth J. Button, Director, Aerospace Policy and Management Center, School of Public Policy, George Mason University)
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John B. Heywood is Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory at MIT.
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In this, it does an excellent job and is invaluable; but I'm not sure it really takes the "climate-constrained" qualifier in its title as seriously as it should. Emblematic of this is the fact that in the final chapter, one scenario for future transportation-related GHG emissions assumes an atmospheric CO2 target level of 550 ppm by volume. We are already at 380 today; many climate scientists think that if we reach 550, we will already be risking environmental Armageddon.
Thus this tome is invaluable for evaluating policy options and promising transportation-related technologies if one eschews full-crisis mode. But those of us convinced that the climate crisis really IS a crisis, requiring fundamental changes in behavior that cannot be easily extrapolated from historical data, will probably not be satisfied to stop at the authors' conclusions.
The book is also easy to read, but dense, so whilst it is interesting for general readers, it is also very useful for researchers and policy makers, and should be a bench mark for transportation policy analysis. I would strongly recommend this book.