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Compendium of Sustainable Energy Laws (IUCN Academy of by Richard L. Ottinger, Nicholas Robinson, Victor Tafur

By Richard L. Ottinger, Nicholas Robinson, Victor Tafur

This quantity is a better half to The legislations of power for Sustainable improvement (Cambridge, 2004). right here, the IUCN Academy of Environmental legislation assembles, for the 1st time, a quantity of felony tools that are well-known as constituting the middle of the legislations of strength for sustainable improvement. Like its significant other paintings, this quantity should be an important reference for all pros focused on environmental and effort learn.

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Productive ways of moving forward might include combining national efforts, for example, in the procurement of renewable energy technologies. Other options include international harmonisation of environmental taxes and emissions trading (particularly among industrialised countries), as well as energy efficiency standards for mass-produced products and imports of used machinery and vehicles. The need for concerted action on energy is clear from Agenda 21, which emerged from the 1992 Earth Summit.

Other long-term options for addressing the nuclear resource constraint are alternative breeder concepts – including particle-accelerator-driven reactors, uranium from seawater, and thermonuclear fusion. The prospective costs, safety, and proliferation resistance features of such alternative breeder concepts are uncertain, and the concepts would take decades to develop. Recent research suggests it might be feasible, at relatively low cost, to extract uranium from seawater, where its concentration is low but total quantities are vast.

C. WRI (World Resources Institute). 1998. A Guide to the Global Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Notes 1. In this report the term industrialised countries refers primarily to highincome countries that belong to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Developing countries generally refers to lower income countries that are members of the G-77 and China. Although many transition economies also have a high degree of industrialisation, they are often considered and discussed separately because of their specific development requirements.

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