World on the Edge Released 2015
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The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy

Lester R. Brown, with Janet Larsen, J. Matthew Roney, and Emily E. Adams

The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As oil insecurity deepens, the extraction risks of fossil fuels rise, and concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging.

Table of Contents:


1. Changing Direction (pdf)

2. The Rise and Fall of Oil

3. Closing Coal Plants

4. Nuclear Power in Decline

5. The Solar Revolution

6. The Age of Wind

7. Tapping the Earth’s Heat

8. Hydropower: Past and Future

9. The Accelerating Transition