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Technology and Global Change

Technology and Global Change

  • Author: Arnulf Grübler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543323

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  • Technology and Global Change describes how technology has shaped society and the environment over the last 200 years. Technology has led us from the farm to the factory to the internet, and its impacts are now global. Technology has eliminated many problems, but has added many others (ranging from urban smog to the ozone hole to global warming). This book is the first to give a comprehensive description of the causes and impacts of technological change and how they relate to global environmental change. Written for specialists and nonspecialists alike, it will be useful for researchers and professors, as a textbook for graduate students, for people engaged in long-term policy planning in industry (strategic planning departments) and government (R & D and technology ministries, environment ministries), for environmental activists (NGOs), and for the wider public interested in history, technology, or environmental issues.

    • No other book covers this subject
    • Comprehensive description of trends of technology and the environment from a 200 year historical perspective
    • No specialized prior knowledge required, very well illustrated
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    ' … [This book] contains some useful information in the assessment of the relationship between technology development and environment'. Environment International

    'While the topic is complex, and the density of the material daunting, I found the book easy and pleasant to read'. Robert A. Frosch, Energy

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    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543323
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 113 b/w illus. 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    Part I. What is Technology?:
    2. Technology: concepts and definitions
    3. Technology: models
    4. Technology: history
    Part II. Technology and the Environment: Natural and Human:
    5. Agriculture
    6. Industry
    7. Services
    Part III. The Balance of Evidence:
    8. Conclusion. 9. Postscript: from data muddles to models
    Appendix
    References
    Index.

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    Arnulf Grübler, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

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