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Title: Hothouse earth

Abstract

If mankind chooses to meet energy demands with the remaining fossil fuel resources and with increased nuclear power production, a thermal pollution catastrophe may result. Global energy consumption at a level comparable to that of industrialized nations will produce increases in waste heat of serious proportions. As the atmosphere heats up, polar ice caps will melt, and the oceans will rise to inundate coastal cities and arable land. The disruptions from migrations inland and competition for food may not be manageable. Immediate development of solar energy technology to produce solar energy cells, windmills, and ocean turbines combined with open-ocean farming are steps that can be taken to avoid a thermal catastrophe. Ocean farms can be used to capture the sun's energy for fuel and food without increasing global temperatures or changing the composition of the atmosphere. To accomplish such a major change in fuel and food production will require important changes in lifestyle, a stable population, and new levels of international cooperation. (151 references) (DCK)

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U.S. Dept. of Defense, Navy's Ocean Farm Project
OSTI Identifier:
7269582
Resource Type:
Book
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; ENERGY; THERMAL POLLUTION; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; SOLAR ENERGY; AVAILABILITY; BEHAVIOR; ECONOMICS; ELECTRIC POWER; FOOD; FUELS; SOCIOLOGY; SOLAR CELLS; SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION; WIND POWER; CONVERSION; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; ENERGY CONVERSION; ENERGY SOURCES; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; POLLUTION; POWER; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; 299001* - Energy Planning & Policy- Solar- (1989-); 290300 - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety; 140400 - Solar Energy- Environmental Aspects

Citation Formats

Wilcox, H.A. Hothouse earth. United States: N. p., 1975. Web.
Wilcox, H.A. Hothouse earth. United States.
Wilcox, H.A. Wed . "Hothouse earth". United States.
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