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Main Title Environment, power, and society for the twenty-first century : the hierarchy of energy /
Author Odum, Howard T.
Publisher Columbia University Press,
Year Published 2007
OCLC Number 76871390
ISBN 9780231128865; 023112886X; 9780231128872; 0231128878; 9780231502931; 0231502931
Subjects Power resources ; Energy consumption--Environmental aspects ; Energiepolitik ; Energieverbrauch ; Natèurliche Ressourcen ; Systemtheorie ; Umwelt ; Umweltpolitik ; Energiepolitik--(DE-588)4014715-0 ; Energieverbrauch--(DE-588)4014733-2 ; Natèurliche Ressourcen--(DE-588)4075236-7 ; Systemtheorie--(DE-588)4058812-9 ; Umwelt--(DE-588)4061616-2 ; Umweltpolitik--(DE-588)4078523-3
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EHBM  TJ163.2.O3835 2007 CEMM/ACESD Library/Narragansett,RI 11/12/2019
ESBM  TJ163.2.O3835 2007 CPHEA/PESD Library/Corvallis,OR 11/23/2007
Collation xiv, 418 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Howard T. Odum possessed one of the most innovative minds of the twentieth century. He pioneered the fields of ecological engineering, ecological economics, and environmental accounting, working throughout his life to better understand the interrelationships of energy, environment, and society and their importance to the well-being of humanity and the planet. This volume is a major modernization of Odum's classic work on the significance of power and its role in society, bringing his approach and insight to a whole new generation of students and scholars. For this edition Odum refines his original theories and introduces two new measures: emergy and transformity. These concepts can be used to evaluate and compare systems and their transformation and use of resources by accounting for all the energies and materials that flow in and out and expressing them in equivalent ability to do work. Natural energies such as solar radiation and the cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are diagrammed in terms of energy and emergy flow. Through this method Odum reveals the similarities between human economic and social systems and the ecosystems of the natural world. In the process, we discover that our survival and prosperity are regulated as much by the laws of energetics as are systems of the physical and chemical world. Also includes information on agriculture, animals, available energy, biomass, capitalism, civilization, consumption, cycles, diversity, earth, economy, ecosystems, empower, alternative energy, environment, evolution, fossil fuels, fuels, growth, information, kinetic energy, energy laws, matter, metabolism, microcosm, models of energy systems, nations, nature, organic matter, organization, overgrowth, oxygen, photosynthesis, power, production, pulses, ratios, respiration, self organization, society, solar energy, storage, structure, sustainability, systems networks, transpiration, waste, work, yields, etc.