Energy Demands

Energy Demands
by Brian Gardiner

(Illus.; from the Green Issues series)
Franklin Watts Inc.
Glossary; Index
JH, YA, GA **


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Energy Demands, an important and useful book, examines the options that exist for meeting the societal needs for energy over the near and distant future. These options include using nonrenewable energy sources--coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power--and using renewable sources such as hydropower, tidal power, wave power, solar energy, wind power, and biofuels. The book also points out the environmental implications associated with each type of energy. These include the problem of what to do with radioactive wastes and the generation of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to the greenhouse effect and global warming. A valuable feature of the book is the clear concise presentation of information. A sense of urgency is conveyed to the reader that critical choices on alternative energy futures need to be made now. Energy Demands is highly recommended for young readers and general audiences.

--Reviewed by Thomas L. Cobb in Science Books and Films, 26/1 (September/October 1990), p. 44.