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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)

About the Author

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.

Ian A. Waitz is Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor and Department Head, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, at MIT.


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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book does go into great detail, but at the end of the day gets nowhere beyond what we already know. It is as much a political position as it is a study into the current and prospective states of transportation. It is unfortunate that right up front it is completely dismissive of any transportation other than that which takes place for the sole purpose of moving people, as doing so is to ignore the other elephant in the room. I would not recommend it to those familiar with these matters, because almost no new information is compiled. I would not recommend it to those who would use this as their introduction to these matters, as it has a combination of definite political bias and a lack of complete treatment of the fundamentals, which tends to promote more individuals with strong opinions but lacking strong supporting arguments. All that said, I am sure there are others who liked it.
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This very well-researched and technically replete book outlines the options for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, primarily vehicles (cars and light trucks) and aircraft.

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.
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This book provides an interesting, very thoroughly researched, and highly insightful review of the growth of transportation, its climate impact, and the policy approaches designed to mitigate it. It gives a clear picture of the problems faced, and the best ways to deal with them. It takes climate-change seriously, but is also realistic about the potential effectiveness of different options available to deal with it, in transportation. Importantly, I feel that the book is objective, and not overly optimistic or pessimistic.

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.
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